Man jailed two years for burglary and theft

A 26 year old man of Chipata District has been sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour for one count of burglary and theft.

Before Chipata Resident Magistrate, Boniface Mwala, was Offman Zulu, a resident of Referendum Compound.

It is alleged that Zulu broke into a house of Victor Vumisa and stole property valued at 900 kwacha.

Zulu, who was arrested on May 26th 2017, admitted the charge, stating that he stole the bicycle and a blanket, under the influence of alcohol.

In mitigation, the convict asked the court to exercise leniency as he was a first offender.

And in his Judgment, Magistrate Mwala said the court had heard his mitigation and that he deserves leniency, because he did not waste the court’s time.

The Magistrate, however said, the offence he committed was serious, adding that theft cases have become a nuisance in Chipata and that there need to protect the community by sending criminals of such crimes to prison to deter would be offenders.

He sentenced him to two years imprisonment with hard labour with effect from the day of his arrest.

Magistrate Mwala advised the convict to appeal to the high court within 14 days if he was not satisfied with the ruling.

ACC appeals against Silvia Masebo acquittal

The Anti-Corruption Commission ACC has appealed against the Lusaka Magistrate court’s acquittal of former Minister of Tourism, Silvia Masebo.

This is in a matter in which Ms. Masebo was charged with Abuse of Authority of Office contrary to section 21(1) of the Anti-Corruption ACT NO, 3 of 2012.

This is when she allegedly directed the then Zambia Wildlife Authority, ZAWA to cancel the tender for the hunting blocks.

Commission Public Relations Manager, Timothy Moono has confirmed this to Breeze News.

The Commission has filed in an Appeal to the High court.

And according to details posted on the ACC Facebook page, the commission has appealed based on six grounds, among them, that the trial court erred in law, when it made final assessment as to witnesses’ credibility, especially as to their truthfulness at no case to answer stage.

It also says the trial court erred in law, when it acquitted the Respondent at no case to answer, in count one, when there was proof of one ingredient of the offence charged.

The commission further contends that the trial court erred when it considered a benefit, as one of the ingredients of the offence of Abuse of authority of office.

It is also contesting the ruling that the actions by Ms. Masebo of directing ZAWA to cancel the tender process did not amount to Abuse of Authority of Office.

The ACC says the lower court misdirected itself at law, when it gave an unbalanced evaluation of the evidence, where only the flaws and not strengths of the case of the state where considered and that it accepted the hearsay evidence of DW2.

Villagers face challenges to access ARVs

People in Khova ward of Chipata District have continued facing challenges in accessing ARV’s, the Anti-Retroviral drugs.

Silizyani Ngoma, a resident of Chief Sairi’s area says people living with HIV find challenges in accessing the drugs because they cover long distances to health centers.

Mr. Ngoma says the situation has forced some people on ART to default on treatment.

He says there is need for government through the Ministry of Health to be supplying the drugs to all health institutions across the district.

Mr. Ngoma said this during a developmental meeting organized by Chipata Mayor Sinoya Mwale in the area.

And Chipata District Hospital Surveillance Officer Esnart Nkhata acknowledged the challenges people living with HIV face in the area.

Mrs. Nkhata says Chikando and Jerusalem are the only health centers that provide ARV’s in Chief Sairi’s area.

She however, says pregnant women are given the drugs in the nearest health centers in their respective communities.