The Mumbwa Magistrate Court has sentenced seven out of the nine persons arrested recently in relations to the riots which led to the death of local businessman, Enerst Sikaonga, and his Tanzanian partner, David Mwakiyoma, to 5 years imprisonment with hard labour.
The seven who appeared before Judge Phillip Mpundu of Mumbwa Magistrate Court pleaded guilty to the offences, according to Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga.
Hamoonga confirmed the conviction of the seven in a statement issued in Lusaka on Friday.
He identified those convicted for theft as Chris Makepeshi, Pethias Chikwanda, Mponga Hamweemba and Matildah Tabulo.
“Nelson Michelo, aged 26, of Phiri and Sons Compound in Mumbwa District has been sentenced to five years imprisonment after he was arrested for house breaking and theft,” Hamoonga said.
He said Bright Matepeta and Elizabeth Kayawe both have been sentenced to five years imprisonment after he was arrested for breaking into a building and committing a felony.
Hamoonga said Ceaser Phiri who was jointly with the now convicts for the offence of theft has denied the charge and trial will commence on October 2, 2023.
“Another accused person Mapenzi Situmbeko who was jointly charged with now convicts for breaking into a building and committing a felony therein denied the charge and trial will commence on October 2, 2023,” he said.
Hamoonga said the matter was before Honourable Philip Mpundu of Mumbwa Magistrate Court.
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