LUSAKA magistrate Stanford Ngobola has sentenced PF national commander Innocent Kalimanshi known as ‘Ama Americans’ to one year imprisonment with hard labour for drug trafficking.
Mwebantu reports that the magistrate has also jailed PF cadre Andrew Mende to a year in prison with hard labour.
Magistrate Ngobola said both sentences are with effect from the date they were arrested in August this year.
He, however, acquitted Kalimanshi of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
Magistrate Ngobola said the offences which the accused persons committed are very serious and carried a minimum sentence of 12 months.
However, after considering their mitigation in which they pleaded for leniency, and there being no aggravating circumstances, magistrate Ngobola said his hands are tied and jailed them one year each which is the minimum sentence for drug trafficking.
The magistrate only convicted Kalimanshi and Mende for drug trafficking and acquitted their co-accused persons because of lack of evidence.
Kalimanshi and Mende were joined charged with Titus Phiri, Nkandu Mundubi, Melvin Sichinga and Emmanuel Mwape.
It was alleged that on August 23, 2021 at Lusaka, the accused trafficked in psychotropic substance namely, 95.3 grams of Cannabis, the product of cannabis sativa without lawful authority.
Mende also trafficked in 36.0 grams while Kalimanshi on the same day trafficked 2.0 grams of cannabis.
Kalimanshi was also charged with unlawfully use of an unregistered Nissan Fairlady for purpose of committing an offence under the Narcotic drug.
(Mwebantu, Friday, December, 31st , 2021)
Five Sentenced to Five Years for Bushmeat in Mumbwa
The Subordinate Court in Mumbwa has sentenced five men to five years imprisonment with hard labour after they pled guilty to illegal possession of 88kg of bushmeat poached from Blue Lagoon national park in Kafue District.
On 10 January 2022, officers from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife apprehended five suspects namely, Wanton Mweete, 37, Kelvin Ndongo ,37, Phineas Chilala, 42, Jackson Munkuli, 41 and Festus Lwano, 36, who were found with 88kg of fresh Kafue lechwe meat and two shotguns inside the Blue Lagoon national park.
The five suspects, all from Chief Mwanachingwala’s area, were charged with one count of unlawful possession of protected animal (Kafue Lechwe), contrary section 130 (1) of the Zambia Wildlife Act No. 14 of 2015
When the matter came up, they all pled guilty to the charge and were sentenced to five years imprisonment with hard labour.
The Kafue lechwe is endemic to Zambia, meaning it cannot be found anywhere else in the world. As such, Kafue lechwe attract many tourists to visit the national parks they occur in. However, targeted poaching of this species for bushmeat has reduced its population at an alarming rate. At one point Zambia had a population of more than 250,000 Kafue lechwe. Sadly, the population now stands at below 25 000.
21-year-old committed to the High Court for child destruction charge
THE Lusaka Magistrates’ Court has committed a 21 year-old woman to the High Court for trial in a matter she is accused of abandoning her child who later died.
Suwilanji Luywa Nyame is charged with one count of child destruction.
Allegations are that Nyame on November 15, 2021 in Lusaka with intent to destroy the life of a child capable of being born unlawfully caused the death of the said child.
When the matter came up before Lusaka magistrate Nthandose Chabala, the prosecution informed the court that the matter was coming up for explanation of the charge. The magistrate explained the charge to Nyame.
And magistrate Chabala after she explained the charge was informed by the prosecution that they were in receipt of a certificate of committal to the High Court from the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and committed the accused to the High Court for trial.
(Mwebantu, Monday, January 10th, 2022)
Police caution Coxswain in relation with the Six SDA Youths who died on Lake Kariba
POLICE have cautioned a coxswain in relation to the drowning of six Seventh Day Advertist youths who died on Lake Kariba.
Last week, six members of Lusaka Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventists died after they drowned in Lake Kariba during a camp meeting program in Siavonga.
And police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga has told Mwebantu that Jonathan Haajaya aged 25 of unmarked house number Kanyelele compound Siavonga has been cautioned for the offence of criminal negligence and reckless Contrary to section 237(g) of the Penal Code of the laws of Zambia.
“Police have recorded a warn and caution statement from a Coxswain of the fishing rig. This in is connection to the drowning incident that occurred on 1st January,2022 in Siavonga district in which Six members of the Lusaka Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church are alleged to have drowned after jumping off the fishing rig he was in charge of,” Mr Hamoonga said.
He said investigations in the matter are still ongoing.