Community work following court sentencing – Convicted opposition Patriotic Front member of Zambian parliament Mark Mushili has begun his community work as ordered by the Magistrates court and was Monday found cleaning the police post at the Lusaka Magistrates Court Buildings.
Mushili was last Friday ordered to do community service at the court premises for 120 hours after being convicted for attempting to swindle government of over K300 million. (1US$ = K5,000) Lusaka Magistrate Exornobit Zulu sentenced the MP to six months imprisonment with hard labour, but the sentence was suspended for one year.
‘I am not going to comment on the sentence, but what I can say is that I have a dhered to the order for me to do community work. I will be cleaning the police post, and if they tell me to work elsewhere in the premises, I will do so because it is part of the sentence,’ Mushili was quoted saying Tuesday by the state-run Zambia Daily Mail.
He, along with Winfred Phiri and Enfred Sichelwa, were arrested in 2006 by the Drug Enforcement Commission when they tried to use Clemus Marketing Company to purportedly supply dried beans to the Zambia Army.
In passing the sentence, Magistrate Zulu said the fact that government, who was the complainant, did not lose any money should not deter the court from punishing the offenders.