Mongu man, 35 gets 16 years jail-time following companion’s drinking spree death By Staff Reporter

 

LUSAKA High Court judge William Mweemba has sentenced a 35-year-old Mongu man to 16 years imprisonment with hard labour after finding him guilty of manslaughter, an incident that arose during a drinking spree.

This is in a matter where Kaimba Kalumiana stood charged for the death of Simutongo Wamukwamba between November 24 and 25 last year.

Facts in the matter were that the duo went for drinking spree on the material day and that thereafter a dispute erupted and that after Kalumiana threatened Wamukwamba, a fight broke out.

The court heard that Kalumiana used a stick to hit the deceased before stabbing him in the head with a knife.

The facts further indicated that the accused left the deceased for dead and only returned to the crime scene the following morning to check on him.

In handing down the sentence before a packed courtroom, judge Mweemba observed that Kalumiana, a father of six, had readily admitted the offence but that he would be sent to prison nonetheless as a life had been lost.

He told Kalumiana to appeal the sentence and conviction in a higher court if he was not satisfied.