Two small scale farmers in Chieftainess Lukwesa’s area in Mwense district in Luapula Province have been sentenced to nine months imprisonment with hard labour for theft.
Appearing before Mwense Magistrate Moses Mulenga were Idon Chama 25, and Cosmas Kasanda 23, both of Kapamba village who stood charged for stealing two bags of maize contrary to section 272 of the penal code chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia
Particulars of the offence were that on May 18, 2018, the duo jointly and while acting together stole two bags of maize valued at K200 the property of Dimas Chomba.
The duo pleaded guilty to the charge and in mitigation requested the court for lenience because they were first offenders.
Magistrate Mulenga however, was quick to state that the offence committed was becoming rampant in the district and ordered the duo to serve for nine month effective from the date of arrest as a deterrent measure.
And another small scale farmer of chief Kashiba’s area was sentenced to six months imprisonment with hard labour for stealing a 50
kilogramme bag of white maize worthy K100.
Meanwhile, Magistrate Mulenga also sentenced Tobias Chabala 20 of Mulundu chiefdom to seven months imprisonment for stealing a goat.
Particulars of the offence were that on May 19, 2018, Chabala stole a goat worth K600 a property of Justina Ndashi contrary to section 275 subsection (1) and subsection (a) of the penal code chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.