A 66 year old Induna of Chief Chikwenda has been fined K3, 000 by the Mpika Magistrate’s Court for illegal cultivation of Marijuana the herbal product of cannabis.
Appearing before Magistrate John Phiri was Frank Matipa,66 of Mululuma Village in Chief Chikwanda’s area charged with one count of cultivating psychotropic substances, contrary to section 6 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act Chapter 96 of the Laws of Zambia.
Particulars of the offence are that on 25 March 2017 in Mpika District of Muchinga Province, Frank Matipa did cultivate 85 Kilograms of Marijuana the herbal product of cannabis without authority.
Facts before the Court are that on the 24 March, 2017, the Drug Enforcement Commission received information that there was a male person in Mululuma Village who was cultivating suspected Marijuana in his field.
According to the statement of facts DEC officers searched the field where they found 85 kilograms of fresh vegetables of suspected cannabis which were uprooted and part of them sent for chemical analysis and confirmed to be cannabis plants.
In his ruling, Magistrate Phiri said upon Induna Matipa’s admitting to the charge, the court found him guilty as charged thereby convicting him accordingly.
In his mitigation, Induna Matipa pleaded with the court to exercise maximum leniency on him as he was too old to be jailed adding that he has learnt lesson from his old deeds.
He added that he has a field and if jailed his produce will perish. Magistrate Phiri took note of Induna Matipa’s mitigation but he said the offence deserved punishment to deter future offenders.
Magistrate Phiri further slapped Induna Matipa with a K3, 000 fines or in default serve 9 months imprisonment with hard labour.