Itezhi tezhi villager nabbed for illegal possesion of a leopard skin
A 28-year-old man of Basanga in Chief Musungwa’s area has been jailed for five years for illegal possession of a Leopard skin.
Before Magistrate Munalula Mubita in the Namwala mobile court, was Given Moole of Shimwenda Village, charged with one count of unlawful possession of a Leopard skin.
Facts of the matter are that, on 15th June, 2009 while acting together with another accused, Davis Mudenda, the two were found in Shimwenda Village in possession of a Leopard skin by ZAWA police officers and when asked whether they had a certificate to own the skin in question, they failed to produce one and were subsequently arrested by Itezhi-tezhi police.
Given Moole pleaded guilty and was convicted, while Davis Mudenda pleaded not guilty and was let free.
In mitigation, Moole told the court that he was given the Leopard skin by Mudenda who wanted Moole to sell it for him and that he has a large family and dependants to look after.
Sentencing Moole, Magistrate Munalula said it was an offence for the accused to possess a Leopard skin without a certificate of ownership from ZAWA director General, but that because he did not waste the court’s time by quickly pleading guilty, he would be imprisoned for five years with hard labour.
Further, the ZAWA prosecutor applied for the forfeiture of the Leopard skin to the state, which Magistrate Munalula granted for safe keeping at Nangoma ZAWA offices.
Meanwhile, a 30-year-old man of Kayawe in Chief Kaingu’s area, identified as Chabwera Tembo, has been jailed for stealing his father’s JVC radio cassette player valued at K85,000.
Particulars of the offence are that on 2nd June, 2009, Chabwera Tembo’s father Steven Chifwayila while away from his home, Chabwera stole at the radio cassette player and that when he came back home, his father found the radio missing.
After making a spot check he found it in Chabwera Tembo’s house, who he later reported to Itezhi-tezhi police station where he was taken for custody.
When Tembo, who earlier pleaded guilty, was asked why he stole his father’s radio, he told the court that it was because his father delayed in giving him money to buy food for his wife.
Magistrate Munalula Mubita sentenced Tembo to a one year jail term with hard labour.
Appearing in the same court were Kelli Mulife, 32, and Moses Chenda, 25, both of Choongo fishing camp in Chief charged with stealing a fishing net valued at K800,000.
Facts of the case were that on 18th June, 2009, Alfred Katota the complainant, left his 750 metres long fishing net at the shore of Itezhi-tezhi dam and that on 20th June when he found his net missing, information reached him that some people were selling a fishing net in Chief Shimbizhi’s area.
Katota then rushed to the area where he found the two men about to sell the net. The duo were later apprehended and taken to Itezhi-tezhi police where they were charged.
They pleaded guilty and were sentenced to 18 months imprisonment with hard labour.
And a 52-year-old subsistence farmer of Kabizhi village in Kaoma has been fined K1.5 million for unlawful entry into the Kafue national park and unlawful possession of a fire arm.
Appearing before Magistrate Munalula was Joseph Kabizhi, who on 15th June, 2009 was found in possession of a muzzle loader by ZAWA police officers in the Kafue national park. When asked to produce his park permit he failed to do so and was subsequently arrested.
Kabizhi pleaded guilty to all the two counts and asked the court to exercise maximum leniency as he has two wives and fifteen children to look after.
Magistrate Munalula fined him K900, 000 on count one and K600, 000 on count two failure to which, he will be sent to jail.
In the same court, a 24-year-old fisherman identified as Derrick Mukunda of Chibolya Compound in Itezhi-tezhi districtwho was jointly charged with another man identified as Sitali Sitali for being in possession of protected government trophy.
The two were jailed for being in possession of dried sable and warthog meat.
Facts of the matter are that, on 21 June this year, Derrick Mukunda and Sitali Sitali were found with 29 Kgs of dried sable meat and 18.3 Kgs of semi-dried warthog meat, an axe and a short gun in Njebwa Njebwa Mufuta Game Management Area.
Mukunda pleaded guilty to all the three counts and pleaded for the court to exercise maximum leniency.
Sentencing Mukunda, Magistrate Mubita said it is a serious offence to be found in possession of a protected government trophy.
and jailed the accused for two years with hard labour for count one and for the other three counts fined him K1, 2 million” he said.
The axe and shotgun have been forfeited to the state.