THE Kabwe High Court las has sentenced a 35-year-old man of Kapiri Mposhi to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour for trafficking in marijuana weighing 5.24 kilogrammes.
Kabwe High Court Judge in-charge Eddie Sikazwe said when he slapped the sentence on Nito Siwale on Monday that there is no way that the court could allow smoking marijuana or any prohibited drugs.
Mr Justice Sikazwe said it was unfortunate that despite serving three months at Mukobeko Maximum Prison for the first offence of drug trafficking, Siwale was involved in drugs after his release.
“This country has laws to follow. It was not the first time you were dealing in drugs….so I will sentence you to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour which is the minimum term prescribed sentence by the law,” Mr Justice Sikazwe told Siwale.
He said the jail term is effective May 28, 2012.
He said if Siwale was not pleased with the court’s judgment, he had the right to appeal to the Supreme Court.
Mr Justice Sikazwe said he had considered Siwale’s mitigation but made it clear drug trafficking is a serious offence which should attract punishment.
Siwale’s lawyer Kamo Simfukwe said the convict “deeply regretted his actions” and was seeking the court’s leniency.
Ms Simfukwe said Siwale had three children and a wife to look after.
“He has admitted the offence without wasting the court’s time. He has been in custody since 6 June 2012. He pleads for leniency and mercy,” Ms Simfukwe said.
But public prosecutor Gamaliel Zimba told the court that the State supported the conviction of Siwale by the subordinate court.
Mr Zimba said Siwale was a second offender.