Somali jailed for illegal stay

A NDOLA magistrate’s court has sentenced a Somali man to 12 months in prison with hard labour for illegal stay in Zambia and false representation.

Magistrate Ben Akende yesterday convicted and sentenced Addirizak Dhagon Mohamed, 25, of 3132 Skyways Township in Ndola upon his own admission of guilt to the charges.

Mohamed was facing two counts of unlawful stay in Zambia and false representation contrary to the Laws of Zambia.

The convict in the first count on dates unknown but between September 8 and November 12, in Ndola willingly and unlawfully did remain in Zambia.

In the second count, on November 11, in Ndola, he willingly and lawfully did make a false representation by producing a Danish passport, number 200838508, which belonged to Mohamed Starif Hussein.

The facts in this case were that Mohamed on November 12, was apprehended by immigration officers at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Airport in Ndola where he was trying to make an exit.

“When approached and interviewed, the convict produced a Danish passport, but it was later discovered that the passport he wanted to use to move out of the country was not his.

“He failed to justify his action and later admitted that it was not his passport, and that he had stayed in Zambia illegally,” reads the facts.

In mitigation, Mohamed pleaded for lenience and told the court that he was remorseful over his action and asked for forgiveness.

Mr Akende took into account his mitigation and sentenced him to 12 months in prison with hard labour with effect from November 12.

In another court, a Chililabombwe man has pleaded not guilty to impersonating an immigration officer.

Ronald Njovu, 38, of Q91 Kakusu Township in Ndola pleaded not guilty to a charge of impersonating a public officer contrary to the Laws of Zambia.

Njovu pleaded not guilty to the charge before Ndola Magistrate Chitundu Chongo yesterday.

Particulars of the offence are that Njovu, on November 14, in Ndola willfully and unlawfully did represent himself as a person employed in the public service as an immigration officer.

Magistrate Chongo adjourned the case to December 2, this year for commencement of trial and the accused was granted bail.

Times of Zambia