File:Peasant farmers load their maize into a truck before transportation to an FRA depot in chief Mulala’s area. Agriculture faces many challenges in the area and this fuels poverty in the area.

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.

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    • Silly sentence after all they will eat more than the two bags of maize in prison. The law in our country is a little messed up sometimes …. I know it is the principle around the case but there can be other ways of “punishing” or reforming people such as community services

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    • Thieves who steal $1-Million worth of ARV-drugs are not arrested, thieves who steal $150-million from Zesco are let scott-free. Abena Kapoko are still free.

      Try stealing a cob of maize, the full force of the law will descend upon you. Zambian Law/justice system is for the poor people

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    • K200 = 9 months.
      $150 million Stag deal = what????
      Just sentence those poor guys to mould 200 bricks to owner of maize.

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    • Two farmers imprisoned for 9 months with hard labour for stealing 2 bags of maize worth K200.
      Another person steals K20 million and an election and gets into State House for five years with free international holidays.
      Something VERY WRONG in mother Zambia! !

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    • a lot of real national resource plunderers are walking free in the street with their heads high, poor villagers are jailed for helping themselves with 100 kg of maize. Nikwisa tuleya?

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  1. I will say it again and again. Bembas are specialists in stealing,and bewitching .Even Jesus rode on a donkey but Bembas use hyenas instead. According to Genesis 4:1–16, Cain treacherously murdered his brother Abel. BEMBAS are descendants of Cain , a CURSED “fugitive and wanderer”.*****

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  2. I will say it again and again. Bembas are specialists in stealing,and bewitching .Even Jesus rode on a donkey but Bembas use hyenas instead. According to Genesis 4:1–16, Cain treacherously murdered his brother Abel. BEMBAS are descendants of Cain , a CURSED “fugitive and wanderer”.

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  3. Message well delivered to Edgar, Esther and Tasila Lungu. We are coming for you. You can steal but you really won’t enjoy it. Even Gbagbo and his family thought they were untouchable.

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  4. Codes in HaTribes, “Corruption” (He does not belong to our tribe!) “Thief” (He is Bemba or others!). Chitalu was called a thief by the entire UPND online hooligans and bullies yesterday but not surprisingly to thinkers like us, they left out his accomplice Hichilema! If Chitalu is a thief then Hichilema is a thief too! Of course it will say, “No, Badala he is not!”

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  5. Leave the poor farmers alone….their thieves in this country who are stealing but are never arrested like the $1 million fire engines….

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  6. WHY IS UPND QUIET ON CRITICAL NATIONAL ISSUES SUCH AS SWAZILAND SCANDAL, ZESCO, MTAWARE SCANDAL AH SO MANY TO MENTION THIS WAS GOOD RIDANNCE FOR HH TO BE MARKETED SATA WOUDNT SPARE LPM WITH SUCH SCANDALS, EVEN SONGS WOULD BE SANG

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  7. Investigate and prosecute the purchase of fire engines at that exorbitant cost. What more about the Financial Intelligence Centre revelations?
    These guys could have been given community work sentence.
    Let justice flow like a stream and righteousness like a mighty river in our country.

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