Appearing before Chinsali senior resident magistrate, Francis Nsokolo, was Malias Namwanzi of chief Waitwika chiefdom who stood charged with two counts.
In count one Namwanzi has been charged with selling expired goods contrary to Section 50 (3) of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) Act no 24 of 2010.
Facts before the court were that on February 3, 2016, Namwanzi, being a proprietor of Lucamesa Trading, did offer for sale to the members of the public 17 by 100 grams of Chapamandashi baking powder, 21 by 15 grams of Indiyo mix soup sachets, 4 by 536.75 grams of Swiss complexion collagen body cream, 4 by 453.6 grams of texturizing complexion lotion and 2 by 135ml of corrosion cream which expired without lawful authority.
In the second account Namwanzi was charged for tampering with seized goods contrary to Section 24 (9) (10) of the Food and Drugs Act Chapter 303 of the Laws Zambia.
Particulars are that on February 8, 2016 Namwanzi, being a proprietor of Lucamesa Trading, without lawful authority from an authorised officer, did tamper with seized goods that were left in her custody after senior health inspector from Chinsali Municipal Council found the said goods to be expired.
The goods that were tampered with include 17 by 100 grams of Chapamandashi baking powder, 21 by 15grams of Indiyo mix soup sachets, 4 by 536.75 grams of Swiss complexion collagen body cream,4
by 453.6 grams of texturising complexion lotion and 2 tins by135ml corrosion cream.
Namwanzi pleaded not guilty to both charges and magistrate Nsokolo adjourned the matter to the June 15, 2016 for continued trial.