A magistrate in Mongu has convicted and sentenced to imprisonment with hard labour activists who were accused of tearing the Zambian draft constitution last year.
The Litunga must be smiling at this good news.
Magistrate Exorbit Zulu on Friday convicted the 17 activists and jailed them for six months with hard labour. They were charged with the offences of Criminal Damage to property plus Idle and conduct
likely to breach of peace.
All the accused were sentenced to twelve months imprisonment with hard labour but six months of the 12 months were suspended for two years. This means that they will be in jail for six months. For the remaining six months they will not be in jail but should they commit another offence within the next two years, they would be sent back to jail to serve the remaining six months plus the new offences.
Mulasikwanda Chazele, Pumulo Silmesii, Mushokabanji Wamuwi, Mathias Limpo Likwenga, Morgan Lubinda, Mutemwa Pumulo, Jeff Mwinga Aongola, Mulonda Ndopu and Inambao Mwanangombe were jailed on Friday.
Munyinda Munukayumbwa the only juvenile in the group was sentenced to six months’ probation and will have to report to the Social Welfare Office in Mongu every month.
But Wakunuma Mulope, Liseli Lungowe and Masheto Sihanda who had remained in custody since September last year were also convicted to twelve months imprisonment, but since they had completed more than six months in custody they were released on Friday.
Muyangwa Mungwaluku, Sinonge Lutangu, Shabby Mbalaka were found guilty on one count of idle and conduct likely to breach of peace. They were fined K10, 800 or one month imprisonment if they failed to pay. They paid the fines.
Only one person Robert Kalezhyi was acquitted on all counts.