The Livingstone Magistrate Court has sentenced a Livingstone resident Parshottam Girdham Vaghela to 12 months with hard labour for failing to manage waste.
Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) Principal Information Officer Irene Lungu- Chipili said this in a statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today.
She said Vaghela has been slapped with 12 months imprisonment in count one and six months imprisonment in the second count for contravening provisions of the environmental management act of 2011 and 2013.
Ms Lungu said the two sentences will run concurrently with effect from April 16, 2015.
She said that particulars of the offence are that Parshottam Girdham Vaghela was charged for failing to manage waste in a manner that results in adverse effect and conducting open air burning of waste and other materials without written consent of ZEMA.
Ms Chipili said Vaghela pleaded guilty to the offences when the matter came up for determination of plea on April 15 and 16, 2015.
The Court heard that the convict had on several occasions been warned by ZEMA to refrain from harming the environment and breaching environmental protection provisions but to no avail.