Appearing before Magistrate Pauline Mulenga on Tuesday was Masauso Tembo, a driver of a truck registration number NU 978 and Austin Banda, a lorry mate who were found with 1,000 bags of mealie meal along the Chigwe-Vubwi road.
Particulars of the offence are that on April 9th this year around 21:30 hours whilst acting together the duo allegedly carried the commodity while heading to Manota area near Malawi.
Upon reaching Msengeledzi primary school, the duo found a check point mounted by Zambia National Service (ZNS)who are part of taskforce on smuggling of maize and maize product.
The duo later after interrogation, admitted to officers that they wanted to smuggle the mealie meal into Malawi.
In mitigation, the two pleaded with the court to exercise maximum on them as they were the first offenders.
But passing ruling, Magistrate Mulenga said the offence committed by the two was rampant in the country.
She however convicted the two to pay a fine of K 2,500 each by April 25th or in default three months simple imprisonment.
Magistrate Mulenga said the mealie meal should be forfeited to the state.
And Patriotic Front(PF) Petauke District Youth Chairperson Jay Emmanuel Banda pleaded not guilty to two counts of assaulting Post Correspondent Peter Sukwa and his counterpart for Feel Free Radio station Kelvin Phiri.
Ms Mulenga adjourned the matter to May 17th for commencement of trial in the assault case.
In the same court, Magistrate Moses Phiri adjourned the defence in the case involving PF Vubwi District Michael Tembo to May 5th.