22 February 2013

Zambia: Aunt Rejects Niece

A NDOLA magistrate's court has ordered the Social Welfare Department to find alternative accommodation and supervise an 11-year-old girl who has been rejected by her aunt for stealing two cell phones from different homes valued at KR1650.

Magistrate Bubala Sikalunda said the girl needed proper care and control as she was being supervised on probation by a social welfare officer.

The female juvenile offender was charged with facing two counts of entry and theft contrary to the law.

In the first count, the girl on December 7, last year did enter the house of Vivian Munondo and stole a cell phone valued at KR1000.

In the second count, on November 29, last year, the 11-year-old girl stole a cell phone valued at KR650 belonging to Charity Mwenya Chanda.

The juvenile told the court that she stole because she needed money to buy food because she was not being taken care of where she was staying in Lubuto.

In mitigation, the juvenile's guardian Peggy Mwanza, of Ngwee Lubuto Township in Ndola pleaded that she cannot manage to control and supervise her niece who is in Grade Six because she was found of going into other people's homes to steal.

She told the court that the girl had bad behaviour and that she could not manage to control and change her as she did not have respect for elders.

"This child is a problem, I cannot stay with her, she goes out of the house and spends nights at other people's homes. I only receive a report of her behaviour each time she does something wrong. She used to stay with her grandmother who left town," she told the court.

Ms Sikalunda took into consideration the mitigation of the guardian and ordered that the social welfare finds accommodation for the juvenile.

She ordered that the girl be under the care of a probation officer and that maximum control and supervision should be exercised.

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