The Chinsali Magistrates’ Court has convicted and sentenced a 20-year old-pregnant woman for trafficking in miraa.
Appearing before Magistrate Shaderick Chanda for judgment today ,was Ruth Chilambo of Chiyanga Village in Nakonde district charged with one count of trafficking in psychotropic substances contrary to Section 6 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic substances Act Chapter 96 of the Laws of Zambia.
Particulars of the offence are that on April 3, 2014 Chilambo did traffic in psychotropic substances, namely Miraa weighing 30.5kg.
In passing judgement Magistrate Chanda said the court had found Chilambo guilty upon her own plea of guilty and sentenced her accordingly.
Magistrate Chanda said being a widow and pregnant is no excuse for one to involve herself in such illegal business.
In mitigation the convict had pleaded for lenience, saying she is a widow and nine months pregnant.
Ms Chilambo said she needed to prepare for the coming of the baby that is why she engaged herself in such illegal business.