General Sakala sentenced to five years with hard labour

The Lusaka magistrate court has sentenced former Zambia Air Force Commander General Andrew Sakaka to five years imprisonment with hard labour.
This is in a case were General Sakala was found gulty of stealing k1, 500,000 (k1.5 billion old currency ) that was meant for covert operations ahead of the 2011 tripartite elections.
In Mitigation his lawyer Nganga Yalenga submitted that his client was a first offender aged 64 who had served the nation for 40 years in the Zambia Air Force and was married with several dependants under his custody and was a sole bread winner.
He further submitted that his client contributed to the peace of the nation insuring a smooth transition of power from the Movement for Multy Party Democracy (MMD) to the Patriotic Front .(PF)
In passing sentence Magistrate Wilfred Muma said he had taken into consideration the fact that the accused was a first offender but pointed out that the state had lost a lot of money in similar style hence the need to punish the offender and deter would be offenders.
“I therefore sentence you to five years imprisonment with hard labour effective 6th October 2014,” Magistrate Muma said.
At this time Sakala’s lawyer told Magistrate Muma that he had lodged in a notice of appeal within the week to which Magistrate Muma Said he was spuked that the defence could think of appealing before the offender was sentenced by the court.
Magistrate Muma stayed the application for bail and appeal and the defence has 14 days in which to appeal to the High Court.

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