Two convicted for selling fish during the fish ban period in Samfya

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Two convicted for selling fish during the fish ban period in Samfya

SamfyaJanuary7, 2015 ZANIS—The Samfya Magistrates Court has fined two men with K1, 500 each for unlawful possession of fish during  the fish ban period contrarily to sections 14 and 18 of the Fisheries Act Chapter 200 of the laws of Zambia.

Before Magistrate Mambwe Kanunka were Charles Mulewa 37 and Jacob Kalebaila 40 both of Chimbwi village in Chief Kasomabangweule’s Chiefdom in Samfya district in Luapula Province.

The two were arrested on January 4, 2015 by Samfya Police Officers at the residence of Samfya Magistrate Mambwe Kanunka.

Facts before the court were that Mulewa and Kalebaila on January 4, 2015 in Samfya jointly and whilst acting together went to the house of Magistrate Mambwe Kanunka to sell dry fish during the fish ban.

Magistrate Kanunka got the fish and advised the accused persons to come back later to collect their money and later informed the police over the matter and officers went to Magistrate Kanunka’s house to verify the report.

It was then that the accused persons came back to collect their money that they were apprehended by the police officers at the residence of Magistrate  Kanunka and detained at Samfya police station.

In mitigation Mulewa and Kalebaila pleaded for lenience saying they were bread winners who were reposnible for taking care of their old aged parents and that they also have school going children.

In passing judgment, Magistrate Kanunka said she was being lenient on the accused persons by fining them with K1, 500 each when the offence in question carries the maximum of nine months and above for the first offender.