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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.

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16 COMMENTS

    • True, the cops should have made K30,000. Now the court gets just K16,000! And this will be receipted and handed to the govt. Edgar will take this money along with other tax-payers’ money to him campaigns for August elections. Please wake up.

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    • You dummies of the UPND and PF ilk are the reason Zambia suffers. We need a leader like general Miyanda or President Nawakwi, that know the value of hard work. By your wording I know which two regions north and south your emerged from.

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  1. C’mon Judge; do the math. the boys were willing to put 30,000 in Zambian hands and you fine them 16,000? DO you think the cops are going to do the same thing the next time they intercept a bribe?

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    • Corruption destroys nations. Zambia is not broke, it suffered a Congolese corrupt chiluba Mpundu.

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  2. Vey rare Public Service attribute one can find in Zambia , I can assure you they are up for promotion !

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  3. For Police, give then K50. they accept small amounts. if you give them more, you will be in trouble. K50 is enough. dont give K100. they will arrest you. Reason is simple. K50 is for a drink. anything more becomes bribery. these guys have a gift policy which does not exceed K50. so it will be a small gift. Alternatively, by a crate of soft drinks. that is all they need.

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  4. I agree with these boys. They do not know what is going on. I don’t either.
    They entered Zambia at Nakonde legally. Why were they not refused entry?
    Is it an offence to leave Zambia once you enter.
    Is the council check point a border?
    Entry into South Africa is a total responsibility of the South African government and not Zambian Kamanyolas.
    These people have been robbed of the vehicle and money and unlawfully imprisoned.
    The magistrate is a corrupt thief too.

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    • Your logic scares me, you need valid travel documents to travel, even when flying we get temporal visas in nations, remember that. Pretty soon even the UK will require those flying from America to have Visas, even for a week’s visit.

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  5. “They were trying to cross into Zimbabwe via south Africa”? What is the meaning of this statement LT?

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  6. Loo sucker times. Do you have journalists working for you? In grade 5 they taught us that Zimbabwe is nearer to Zambia than south africa so how does one go to Zim via south africa?

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  7. Loo sucker times. Do you have journalists working for you? In grade 5 they taught us that Zimbabwe is nearer to Zambia than south africa so how does one go to Zim via south africa?? You need grade 12 to work as a journalist

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