12 January 2013

Zambia: Man Gets Five Years Over Fake Notes Equipment

A TWENTY-six-year-old disabled Kasama man has been jailed for five years with hard labour for being in possession of equipment and chemicals for manufacturing counterfeit K50,000 notes.

Magistrate Kelvin Soma sentenced Gideon Mulenga of Mulenga Hills Township yesterday after he pleaded guilty to the offence.

Police prosecutor, Martin Kamayoyo's written facts, which he presented before the court, indicated that on December 12, last year, the criminal investigation officers got a tip from members of the public that Mulenga had instruments and chemicals used in manufacturing counterfeit money.

In mitigation, Mulenga pleaded for leniency, saying that if imprisoned with hard labour, he would suffer because he was disabled.

But when passing the sentence, magistrate Soma said he had taken into consideration the mitigation, but that the law could not let offenders of such an offence go scot-free.

She then slapped him with the five-year jail sentence from the date of his arrest on December 12, last year. Leave to appeal was also granted.

And a Ndola magistrate's court has sentenced a trainee pastor to one year imprisonment with hard labour for being in possession of an offensive weapon, reports CHATULA KAMPO.

Magistrate Phumulo Mubita sent to jail Mabvuto Sichalwe, 25, of KS 2189 Kabushi Township, a trainee pastor at the Zambia Army Combined Forces in Ndola.

Sichalwe is alleged to have been found with a knife on January 2 this year without authority contrary to the Laws of Zambia.

Facts before the court were that Sichalwe was found with a sharp knife which he claimed was for self-defence.

Sichalwe, who was hiding under a truck was also found with a piece of wood around 21:00 hours in Hillcrest Township by Gift Maposa, the owner.

Maposa was suspicious and reported the matter to the police. When they arrived at the scene, the police found Sichalwe still hiding under the truck and arrested him.

In mitigation, Sichalwe pleaded for lenience and told the court that he was a student who wanted to finish his training on time and that he had leg and lung problems.

In passing sentence, Ms Mubita said she took into consideration his mitigation as first offender who admitted the charge but since he was found with an offensive weapon without authority, she sent him to jail for one year with hard labour.

In the same court, a security guard at Bank of Zambia in Ndola pleaded not guilty to stealing a KR50 note.

Lasarus Zulu, 35, of KX 6601 Kabushi Township is alleged to have stolen a KR50 belonging to the Bank of Zambia on December 30 last year before the new currency was put into circulation.

Magistrate Mubita adjourned the case to January 17 this year for commencement of trial and extended the police bond.

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