TWO senior local court magistrates and three other Livingstone residents have appeared in court for unlawful possession of rhino horns.
Meanwhile, Livingstone chief resident magistrate Willie Sinyangwe has recused himself from handling the matter in which the two senior local court magistrates are charged with three others of being in possession of prescribed trophy contrary to section 130 (1) (2) (a) of the Zambia Wildlife Act Number 14 of 2015.
The matter involves Livingstone residents Elvis Maya Siakachoma, 44 of house number DNA 141, Active Tambo, 46 of plot number 2272 off-Botswana Road, both senior local court magistrates of Zimba and Mukuni village respectively, Mwala Mwendanei, 39 of plot number 76 Morelight a businessman, David Mununga, 66 of plot number 35/36 Likute Way (a real estate agent), and Sydney Mulenga,31, of DSV 95 also a businessman.
It is alleged that on October 3 the group while acting together and other persons unknown did have in their possession two pieces of rhino horns weighing 7.125 kilogrammes without a certificate of ownership.
When the matter come up for plea, magistrate Sinyangwe informed the accused that they would not take plea before him but that they would do so before Choma principal magistrate Exnobert Zulu, adding that since he was recusing himself, he would not grant them bail.
Magistrate Sinyangwe then adjourned the matter to October 16 for plea while the accused would remain in custody.