THE Chipata High Court has sentenced a Lundazi resident to ten years imprisonment with hard labour for trafficking in psychotropic substances. This is matter in which Misheck Moyo was brought before Lusaka judge Gertrude Chawatama, who is sitting in Chipata, for sentencing by the Lundazi Subordinate court.
Moyo’s co-accused Charity Tembo was still being tried in the Lundazi Subordinate Court after she pleaded not guilty to the charge. In mitigation, Legal Aid counsel Sally Bwalya pleaded with the court to be lenient with Moyo who readily pleaded guilty to the charge in the lower court. Bwalya, however, said Moyo was a second offender.
Judge Chawatama also sentenced two Lundazi residents to five years imprisonment for unlawful possession of prescribed trophy. William Ngulube and Julius Kapomba were found in possession of two full length ivories and a fire arm. The judge also jailed five people for unlawful entry in the South Luangwa National Park. These include Justine Kunda, Gerald Bwalya, Francis Musonda, Lazarous Bwalya and Justine Chilufya, who were committed to the High Court for sentencing by the Mambwe Subordinate Court.
The five were facing four counts of unlawful hunting, unlawful possession of prescribed trophy and other related offences.
In mitigation, Bwalya said all the five were in the prime of their lives and asked that they be given second chances to redeem themselves. She said they were all first offenders who readily pleaded guilty.
Judge Chawatama jailed the convicts five years each in count three and which would run concurrently. She said the three years which was given to them in the lower court would run concurrently with the new terms. Boyd Nkhoma of Lundazi was also jailed five years for stock theft.