Lyrical Offence? Rapper Born Chris Convicted For Insulting Queen B

The Blantyre Chief Resident Magistrate Court on Wednesday convicted and sentenced up-and-coming hip-hop artist, James Kamthumba (Born Chris) to 12 imprisonment with hard labour but sentence suspended to 480 hours of community service.

The accused was arrested by Police for insulting another artist, Queen B real name Bertha Lomoti through a song.

He was charged with Insulting the modesty of a woman contrary to Section 137 ( 1 ) ( 3 ) of the Penal Code.

Born Chris pleaded guilty to the offence and the court proceeded to convict him.

Police prosecutor Assistant Superintendent Boyson Yamungo pleaded with the court to pass a stiffer punishment to the accused.

The prosecutor told the court that although the accused was a first offender, his attitude has disrespected the plight of women in the country. He said women deserve to be accorded with the respect they deserve.

The Chief Resident Magistrate Simeon Mbeza said the court took into consideration the mitigating factors raised by the accused that he is still in school, such that giving him a custodial sentence will doom his future as he may not have access to education.

Magistrate Mbeza then sentenced the accused to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour but sentence suspended to 480 hours of community service.

The court ordered that the accused should be performing community service work at Ndirande health Centre.

He has been told by the court never to repeat indulging in such type of attitude again.

James Kamthumba 26 hails from Fulatira village traditional authority ( TA) Makwangwala in Ntcheu but a resident of Ndirande township in Blantyre.NE