News in Brief

THE Chipata Magistrates’ Court has sentenced a 21-year-old man of Chikungu area to three months imprisonment with hard labour for stealing a memory card worth K55.

Appearing before resident magistrate Boniface Mwala on Monday was Mathazina Chifafa, who readily pleaded guilty to the charge.

Facts were that on March 7, 2018, the complainant took her phone to Chifafa’s father’s residence for charging.

When the complainant went to get the phone, it was discovered that the memory card was missing and the accused’s mother suspected that it could have been taken by her son but he denied stealing when he was asked.

Later, the accused was found advertising the stolen memory card at K45 within the neighborhood.

The matter was reported to police and the memory card was retrieved from the accused.

In mitigation, Chifafa asked for leniency from the court when passing an appropriate sentence.

Magistrate Mwala said he took into consideration what the convict said in mitigation adding that he was entitled to leniency because he was
the first offender who had shown contrition.

Magistrate Mwala also adjourned to April 25, 2018 the matter in which former Chipata town Clerk Ekan Chingangu and former acting director of Finance Jeremiah Ng’uni are charged with corrupt acquisition of public property and revenue contrary to section 34(b) of the ACC Act no 3 of 2012 of the Laws of Zambia.


A LUSAKA farmer, Jonathan Frank Van Blerk, who is charged with forgery and criminal trespass has appeared before senior resident magistrate Greenwell Malumani and pleaded not guilty.

Blerk of Lilayi in Lusaka is jointly charged with Sydney Musonda Kalema who also denied the charge.

Taking plea, both accused told the court they understood the charges they were facing and denied committing the alleged offences.
And trial commenced soon after the accused took their pleas.

Blerk is on a K100,000 bail in his own recognisance with two working sureties in the like sum and conditions.

According to the complaint lodged by Mohamed Salama, the accused caused him loss and immeasurable damage when they sold property which did not belong to them.


THE Chipata Magistrates’ Court says trial in the case where a UPND official is charged with seditious practices will go ahead on April 26 and 27 with or without the presence of defence lawyers.

This is a matter where UPND deputy national chairperson for youth and sport Michael Chuzu is charged with seditious practices contrary to section 57(1) (b) of the penal code cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

When the matter came up for continued trial yesterday, Chuzu informed the court that his lawyer was not before court because he was attending to other court cases in Lusaka.

Magistrate Philip Mpundu said the matter had dragged for a long time and warned Chuzu that he should come with his lawyer for the next hearing.


CHIPATA resident magistrate Boniface Mwala has observed that cases of drug trafficking are a nuisance in Chipata.
Magistrate Mwala made the observation on Tuesday when he sentenced Ganizani Zulu to four months imprisonment with hard labour for trafficking in psychotropic substances contrary to the Laws of Zambia.

Zulu was found with 620 grammes of marijuana by Drug Enforcement Commission on March 2 at Kunda village in Senior Chief Nzamane’s area.

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