The Lusaka Magistrate Court has sentenced Private Sector Development Association Chairperson Yusuf Dodia’s son Hussain to one year six months suspended sentence for trafficking in narcotic substances.
Hussain Dodia, 24 of Jesmondine in Lusaka was arrested by the Drug Enforcement Commission on 1st October 2016 after a tip off from the public for being possession of 99.6 grams of cannabis without lawful authority.
Hussain pleaded guilty before Magistrate Rachel Mwansa.
In mitigation Hussain asked the court to exercise leniency as he was a first offender who did not waste the court’s time as he had readily admitted to the charge.
He pleaded before the court that a custodial sentence would hinder his intentions to pursue a Masters Degree at university.
But Magistrate Mwansa said drug trafficking was a serious offence which carried a maximum sentence of 25 years.
She said the court had exercised leniency by imposing a non-custodial sentence due to Hussain’s spirited mitigation.