SIX foreigners that were nabbed in a recent clean-up operation in Lusaka’s Chibolya township have been convicted and fined by the Magistrate’s Court for unlawful entry.
The six were convicted on Tuesday this week.
This is according to a statement by Immigration Department spokesperson Namati Nshinka in Lusaka yesterday.
Ezekiel Robert, 26, a Tanzanian hair dresser, as well as Musaba Omari, 27, and Abou Ombeni, both Congolese nationals, were each sentenced to a fine of K3,000 or in default nine months simple imprisonment.
Alamunyaka Moses, 23, a Tanzanian hairdresser, and Rajab Juma Zaluke, 33, a Congolese, were sentenced to a fine of K2,000 each or in default six months simple imprisonment.
The court further convicted Man Lakiza Laban, 28, a Burundian, to a K500 fine or in default one month simple imprisonment.
Last month, security personnel raided the notorious Chibolya township to rid the settlement of illicit drugs and other illegalities in an operation that netted hundreds of suspects.
A combined team of police and Drug Enforcement Commission officers combed the crime-prone township and arrested hundreds of residents found with cannabis and other drugs in an operation that lasted for hours.
The operation was led by Lusaka Province Commissioner of Police Lemmy Kajoba.
Luwingu farm institute works progressing
From NKOMBO KACHEMBA in Kitwe
THE construction of Luwingu Farm Institute by Government has reached an advanced stage.
Acting Luwingu district commissioner Deodatus Munsungwe said in an interview on Wednesday that the construction of the first phase of Luwingu Farm Institute is almost completed and Government is happy with the quality of works done so far.
“The scope of work for the first phase of the project includes the construction of eight hostels and an administration block for the institute. The hostels and the administration block have already been roofed and the contractor is just doing the plumbing works,” Mr Munsungwe said.
Once completed, Luwingu Farm Institute will help to improve agricultural activities in the area and contribute to national food security.
Farmers in the area will use the institute to interact with the agriculture extension officers and to acquire knowledge on modern farming methods.
Mr Munsungwe said Government is in a hurry to ensure that farmers are equipped with knowledge and skills on how to improve crop production to reduce poverty.
Farming is lucrative and it can help people in rural areas earn a decent living.
He also said farmers in Luwingu are happy with the construction of the first ever farm institute in the area being constructed at a cost of K3.2 million.
And Mr Munsungwe said Government will continue to implement development projects in Luwingu aimed at uplifting the living standards of the people.
Government will soon start constructing nine health posts in Luwingu to ensure that health services are brought as close to the people as possible.
“Out of the 650 health posts that Government is constructing countrywide, we have been given nine as a district and this is a big achievement in improving the delivery of quality health services,” he said.
Mr Munsungwe said Government is working tirelessly to mitigate the shortage of accommodation in Luwingu to ensure that civil servants deployed to the area have decent housing.
Zambia Daily Mail