27 December 2012

Zambia: Man Caged for Drug Trafficking

THE Kabwe High Court has sentenced a 45-year-old man to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour for trafficking in more than 20 kilogrammes of marijuana.

High Court Judge Elita Mwikisa said she was sending Abraham Mwaba, unemployed, to jail with the hope that he would be a reformed person who would contribute positively to national development once released.

Mwamba was charged with one count of trafficking in psychotropic substances contrary to Section 6 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.

Mwamba of Katondo Township on June 15, this year was found in possession of 20.8 kilogrammes of marijuana a herbal product of cannabis.

Ms Justice Mwikisa said cases of drug trafficking have become prevalent and that there was need to bring the trend to an end.

She hoped the sentence would send a warning to would-be offenders.

Meanwhile, trial of a soldier accused of having stabbed a woman in her private parts with a bayonet failed to take place yesterday.

This is because lawyer representing the soldier and the magistrate handling the matter were out of station.

The court has since set January 14, next year as date for continued trial.

Thabo Situmbeko 28, of Tug-Argan Military Barracks in Ndola is appearing in court for attempted rape and unlawful wounding.

On February 9, this year, Situmbeko is alleged to have stabbed the woman in her private parts using a bayonet after she allegedly refused to have sex with him.

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