A 39-year-old woman of Chibolya compound in chief Shimbizhi’s chiefdom in Itezhi-tezhi district of Southern Province has been slapped with a K2 million fine by the local magistrates court for being in possession of 55.4 Kilogrammes (Kgs) of warthog meat without authority from Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA).
Before magistrates Munalula Mubita was Violet Namukolo Simasiku charged with unlawful possession of Government trophy contrary to the ZAWA Act of the laws of Zambia.
ZANIS reports that Facts before the court were that Simasiku on 27 July this year in Itezhi-tezhi without any reasonable cause, was found in possession of 55.4 Kgs of warthog meat without any papers from the Director General of ZAWA.
On the material date, Senior Wildlife Authority police officers received a report from a transporter only identified as Nkandu that he had intercepted dried warthog meat from a woman who wanted to transport it to Lusaka in his vehicle.
The meat which was taken to ZAWA head office in Ngoma was later disposed off by the magistrates’ court.
Mr. Nkandu told ZAWA officers that the female suspect Violet Namukolo Simasiku was at large for more than two weeks and was later arrested on 16 July 2010.
Simasiku who admitted the charge was convicted upon confessing and fined K2million failure to which she will serve 15 months imprisonment.
In the same court, Magistrates Munalula Mubita set Monday next week as a day for judgment in a matter in which a 69-Year-old man of Dam six in chief Kaingu’s chiefdom in Itezhi-tezhi district is alleged to have bewitched two people of the same family.
The magistrates court set Monday 23, 2010 after all the witnesses in the case testified in the court yesterday.
Before the magistrate was Moses Mukonda charged with the offence of practicing witchcraft contrary to cap 90 sections 5b of the laws of Zambia.
Witness number one in the matter, Vine Mombelela, testified that on 10th May this year, Mukonda while at a funeral of her father is alleged to have told mourners that it was foolish for them to mourn because they were informed previously by Mukonda that he was the one responsible for deaths in their family.
Vine narrated in a fully packed court that M. Mukonda was called by family elderly members to explain what he meant that he was responsible for consecutive deaths of the Mombelela family members and he reiterated his words that he was a fearful witch who worked together with his friends to terrorise people in Dam six.
Vine also told the court that one day, Mukonda told her that her deceased Brother Milner Mombelela’s ghost, whom Mukonda claimed to have bewitched, was troubling him and his friends and that they had tied the ghost against a tree near his grave.
The second witness, Webby Mombelela also told the court that Mr. Mukonda on 11th May this year after burial went to the funeral house where family members again asked him about what he said at the funeral but the accused requested that they discuss the matter in the house for fear that mourners would instantly kill him if they heard him.
The witness testified that while in the house the Mokonda confessed that he was responsible for the death of Milner Mombelela and their father Moat Mombelela and threatened that he would also kill one more family member soon.
He further told the court that Mukonda confessed that he killed Milner Mombelela using ‘Tumutukule charms” and that he used “kaliloze gun” to kill their father Moat Mombelela.
When Mukonda was given time to cross examine the witnesses he failed to ask the witness key questions until the magistrates told him to sit down.
[ ZANIS ]