THE Livingstone Magistrate’s Court has fined a French tour operator and two Spaniards K10,000, respectively, for operating in Zambia without work permits.
Kadidja Marie Darar Samane-Carre, 45, a French national, and Spaniards Myriam Angon Corcho, 39, a lodge manager at Remote Wildlife Limited, and Maria Elena Marion Regot Myriam, 61, a chef, appeared before Livingstone resident magistrate Chinkashi Chilingala but in separate cases.
Samane-Carre, a tour operator of Falls View 13364 Kabompo Road in Livingstone, was charged with engaging in work without a permit.
It is alleged that between January 1 last year, and April this year, Samane-Carre, who is awaiting extension of her investor permit for Feeling Africa where she is company director, did engage in work without a permit.
In his sentence, magistrate Chinkashi Chilingala considered the accused’s mitigation and that she was a first offender, hence decided to fine her.
Mr Chilingala furthered urged the convict to follow the procedures in formalising her work permit in the country.
“I will fine you since you have pleaded guilty to the charge. You have to pay K10,000 or default you go to prison for nine months simple imprisonment.”
In the other case, Corcho, a Spaniard, who was facing a similar charge, worked as a lodge manager without a work permit at Remote Wildlife Limited between January 27 last year, and April 1 this year, in Livingstone.
And in another case, Myriam, who is also Spanish, worked at Feeling Livingstone Limited between January 27, 2014 and April this year with a work permit.