Elijah Malcolm Onyango is the subject of news that the 21 year old Kenyan student was arrested in India on Sunday for being in possession of narcotics. But who is Malcolm Onyango and for what drugs was he arrested? How did he get to India and how will the case be handled based on Indian laws?
Here are some insights into understanding him and the predicaments he has found himself in;
1. He hails from Suna, Migori County
A brief tour through the young lad’s Facebook page confirms what the news blogs carried that Malcolm Onyango comes from Migori County. This confirms information given by Indian authorities of his descent.
2. He is/was a Christian
Malcolm’s Facebook page perhaps carries more information about him than the news blogs. One notable detail is that his favorite quote comes from the Biblical Book of Psalms Chapter 23. Well, it is contrary to our expectations that such a powerful portion of the Book of Faith could be found favorite by a drug peddler! Either some detail on investigation would vindicate him, or it has been long since he updated his change of Faith on Facebook!
3. He lives in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India
Kolhapur, also formerly known as Karvir is a city in the South Western parts of India. It is one of the oldest religious sites and trade centers in Western India, with a population of about 419,000 people. It is situated on the banks of river Panchganga. The colleges available are DD Shinde Sarkar, among others.
4. He is a student of Political Science and Governance at DD Shinde Sarkar College
Malcolm, whose nickname is Malcolm X was set to graduate in 2019 having enrolled at the Kolhapur-based college in 2016. This may not be if the allegations against him are proved valid in a court of law. According to the Indian Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, otherwise called NDPS Act, a person found in possession of commercial quantities of narcotics is liable to a punishment of rigorous imprisonment for a term not less than 10 years but not exceeding 20 years.
Onyango will be charged with illegal possession of commercial quantity of 10.49 gms of Cocaine worth Rs 60,000, two perforated sheets (LSD) weighing 0.33gms worth Rs 80,000 and 20 ecstasy tablets weighing 5.52 gms worth Rs 1 lakh.
We will keep tabs on this story and get more information from the Kenyan Embassy in Dheli India, who had been contacted by the Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO) in Panjim over the arrest.