‘Behave like a responsible member of society,’ court tells blogger Mwewa as he gets jailed six months


Lusaka Magistrate, Fine Mayambu, has cautioned social media blogger, Simon Chitambala Mwewa, to behave like a responsible member of society after he sentenced him to six months imprisonment for malicious damage to property.

This is in a case in which he was found guilty of deflating two tyres of a Hiace passenger bus which was parked near his Simosom building, using a sharp instrument, He however pleaded not guilty to the offence.

Magistrate Mayambu found him guilty of the offence on Tuesday and stated that he was disappointed that the convict who was expected to be a role model to society behaved in such a manner.

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“Members of society have to look up to you. You acted irresponsibly by damaging tyres without regard that they could be passagers in that bus,”

“The court needs to send a warming to be offenders, this offence sentence carries a maximum of two years imprisonment .I will give you a sentence of six months imprisonment effective today,” he ruled .

The Magistrate also took time to explain what the term ‘Mitigation” means to Chitambala, a purported English language expert.

This was after the convict asked the Court what it meant to give him mitigation.

And in mitigation, Chitambala asked the Court for leniency as he was a family man.

A witness, Detective Sergeant, James Lungu of City Market police post, had testified that Chitambala maliciously damaged tyres of Toyota Hiace vehicle belonging to a complainant, Ricky Nyimbili.

Lungu said on June 2, 2023, Nyimbili had parked his mini bus on Kalusha Bwalya road waiting for his turn to load passengers.

The officer said that the defendant used a sharp instrument to deflate two tyres without saying a word to the complainant.

The total value of the tyres was estimated to be K4,600.

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