FORMER deputy minister of Foreign Affairs Gabriel Namulambe’s daughter has been convicted and fined K5,000 for causing death by dangerous driving by the High Court.
Angela Namulambe, 27, was charged with five counts of causing the death of her daughter Jane Chigunta, her younger sister Rose Namulambe, Pauline Ngoma, Jane Chigunta and Frank Mambwe by dangerous driving in December 2013.
When the matter came up before High Court judge Gertrude Chawatama, Angela asked the court in mitigation to exercise leniency and not to impose a custodial sentence on her as she is married with two children.
She said one of the people who died was her six-year-old daughter and that the death has left an indelible memory.
Angela added that she is a public servant who provides a valuable service to people and that the Ministry of Health has a shortage of human resource and therefore prayed that the court should not send her to jail.
She said she did not waste the court’s time but readily admitted the charge.
In delivering her sentence, Justice Chawatama said she had listened to Angela’s mitigation but that the offence of causing death by dangerous driving has become prevalent in the country prompting the judiciary to hold special sessions that deal with such cases.
She noted that there has not been deterrence but exercised leniency, saying that Angela has had to deal with the blow of losing her daughter, niece, sister and close friend.
Justice Chawatama revoked Angela’s bail and fined her K5,000 or in default three months and further suspended her driving licence for a one year.
It is alleged that Angela on December 31, 2013 in Lusaka caused the death of the five people by dangerously driving a Toyota Vitz registration number ALM 6223 on Kafue Road.