The magistrate court on Friday convicted and sentenced Frank Mukupa, 28 of house number 40, Fifth Street,Mindolo West, Kitwe to pay a fine of K 40,000 or in default two years simple imprisonment for aiding KasongoBuari 23, of Lubumbashi to enter the country illegally.
Immigration Department public relations officer Namati Nshinka said yesterday that a Congolese was convicted and sentenced to pay a fine of K 5,000 or in default one year, six months simple imprisonment for unlawful entry.
Meanwhile, the Nakonde Subordinate Court has convicted Stanley Mwazi Simbaya 33, a resident of Nakonde District for smuggling in persons contrary to section 9(1) of the Anti-human trafficking Act No. 11.
Mr Nshinka said Simbaya was on 20th December 2014 arrested and charged for the offence of smuggling 26 Ethiopian nationals into Zambia on the material date of 20th September 2014. “After a prolonged court process which included testimonies from key witnesses including that of an expert witness from a named Mobile service provider which proved that the Sim Card found in the vehicle used to smuggle the Ethiopians belonged to the accused, Simbaya was on 3rd January, 2016 convicted and has since been committed to the High Court for sentencing,”he said.
In a related development, the Chililabombwe Magistrate Court has convicted and sentenced a Congolese national to nine months simple imprisonment without an option of a fine for unlawful entry.
Mr Nshinka said two Tanzanian nationals were convicted and sentenced to pay fines of K 500 each or in default nine months simple imprisonment for trading without permits in Solwezi.
And the department has been Friday and Sunday arrested 24 foreigners for immigration offences.
He said these includes 15 Ethiopians intercepted at a check point in Nakonde after failing to produce travel documentation, eight Malawian nationals arrested for unlawful entry in Chipata and a Congolese national arrested in Chingola for a similar offence.
During the same period the Department also removed a total of 67 Prohibited Immigrants from the country.
These include 47 Tanzanians, two Burundese, two Nigerians and one Somali removed by Lusaka Regional Immigration Office and 15 Tanzanians removed by the Kitwe Immigration Office.