The Ndola Magistrate Court has jailed former Defence Minister George Mpombo to 60 Days Simple imprisonment and fined him K4million for dishonoring a cheque amounting to K10million.
ZANIS NDOLA reports that in a case which came up for sentencing after the court convicted him on Friday August 6, 2010, Ndola Chief Resident Magistrate Kelvin Limbani sentenced Mr. Mpombo to 60 days simple imprisonment and consequently fined him K 4million for the offence.
Magistrate Limbani said the court had taken note of what was said in mitigation and added that cases of a financial nature had serious consequences that can adversely affect the economy of the country.
“The Court has taken note of what was said in mitigation, but you deserve punishment so that you can reform and so that would be offenders can be deterred from committing the same offence, cases of a financial nature have serious consequences which can have adverse impact on the economy of a nation e.g. the global economic crisis,” he said.
He further said the failure by Mr. Mpombo to honour his obligation did not just have an impact on Colwyn Limited but the economy of the country as a whole.
“Failure by you to honour your obligation did not just have impact on Colwyn but the country as a whole, therefore I am sentencing to pay a fine of K4million and 60 days simple imprisonment,” he said.
And speaking from the Court Cell soon after his sentencing Mr Mpombo told journalists that he was going to appeal to a higher court.
He explained that it was unfortunate that the Magistrate passed judgment based Mr Terence Findley’s concoction story.
He further said the whole ordeal was not going to break his spirit or discourage him in any way.
“This whole ordeal is just a passing phase, my spirit is not broken and am not discouraged at all,” he said.
And Mr. Mpombo said appealed to the Human Rights Commission to look into the status of prisons in the country.
He said prisoners were currently not having breakfast and that most prisons were heavily congested.
The Ndola Magistrate Court on Friday August 5, 2010 convicted former Defence Minister George Mpombo of one count of dishonoring a cheque amounting to K10million.