THE Chipata Magistrates’ Court has slapped a K150 fine on one of the eleven street vendors arrested by a combined team of state and council police for vending last Tuesday.
Ana Phiri of Nabvutika Compound was fined K150 for selling local products on the streets other than the market or any gazetted selling place.
Phiri, who was found selling okra on the street without any licence from the council, was convicted after she pleaded guilty to the charge.
Magistrate Pauline Mulenga fined Phiri K150, in default three months simple imprisonment, but was released when she paid the fine.
Eliza Chirwa, who was allegedly found selling groundnuts, and Jennifer Banda, allegedly found selling tomatoes, also appeared before magistrate Mulenga but pleaded not guilty to the vending charges.
Trial in the two matters was expected to start last week.
All the eleven vendors appeared in the fasttrack court.
Magistrate Mulenga also put a 14-year-old boy of Mchini compound on probation under Social Welfare Department after he pleaded guilty to trafficking in psychotropic substances.
Earlier, social welfare probation officer Christabel Sampa said cases of drug trafficking were on the increase especially among juveniles.
Sampa said cases of juvenile delinquency were serious, adding that the court had a duty to pass judgment in the best interest of the child in such matters.
In mitigation, the boy said he made a mistake to engage in drugs and vowed that he would never repeat it because he had learnt a lesson.
Magistrate Mulenga said the boy needed a second chance to grow into a responsible citizen.
“You better learn a lesson from this because if you come back as an adult, you will not be given an order like the one you have been given today,” said magistrate Mulenga.