The Luangwa Magistrate Court has fined the 16 Ethiopian illegal immigrants K1 000 each or six
months imprisonment in default. The Ethiopians together with their driver tried to bribe the Police Officers with K30 000.
Luangwa District Magistrate, Kabili Keegan Litia passes the sentence on Wednesday, 20th when the 16 Ethiopians appeared before the court.
Magistrate Litia said he understood the mitigation but it was not a defence that they did not know what was happening and thereafter fined them K1000.00 each or six months imprisonment in default.
The 16 male Ethiopians all of them below 30 years old were intercepted by alert Luangwa police officers at Maozeka Council check point on the Luangwa D145 main road as they were trying to use the Luangwa border to cross into Zimbabwe via South Africa.
Meanwhile the Toyota Haice Mini Bus they were travelling in has been handed over to the state while the driver and the co- driver, Lenda Tembo and, Prince Mulyata are still in police custody.
Last week, alert Security officers in Luangwa District have intercepted 16 prohibited immigrants who were trying to use the Luangwa border to cross to South Africa.
Luangwa Police Officer In-Charge, Assistant Superintendent, Mataa Muleta confirmed the interception of the 16 Ethiopian immigrants who were supposed to cross the Zambezi river to Zimbabwe enroute to South Africa.
Assistant Superintendent Mulata said the 16 Ethiopian Nationals entered Zambia through Nakonde border post from Tanzania who were traveling in a Toyota Hiace mini bus registration Number ALR 1026 were apprehended at the Council Check point on the Luangwa D145 main road at around 06:00hrs on Friday last week.
He said the driver of the Mini bus, Lenda Tembo and his co- driver, Prince Mulyata together with the 16 Ethiopian nationals tried to bribe three police officers with K30,000 which the officers refused and brought them to Luangwa Police station were they are currently detained.