3 Chinese, 2 Zambians jailed 5 years for being in possession of govt Trophy

By Staff Reporter

Chadiza Magistrate Court has sentenced three Chinese nationals and two Zambians for Five Years imprisonment for illegally being in possession of rhino horns.

Before Magistrate Fred Musaka was Wan Qian 31, Huang Qingzhon 42, Hi Qingmao 30, Lovemore Kumwenda 42 and Oberty Simwajata 48 who were charged with one count of unlawful possession of prescribed trophy contrary to Section 130(a) and 86(2) of Act No.14 of 2015 of the laws of Zambia.

Facts before the court were that on 27th July 2017 all the five accused persons in Chadiza, Eastern Province jointly and whilst acting together had in their possession prescribed trophy namely 25 pieces of rhino horns weighing 32.2 kg without a certificate of ownership issued by the Director of National Parks and Wildlife.

The accused were intercepted at Chanida border post by Zambia Revenue Authority officers as they were crossing into Zambia from Mozambique and were later handed over to the Department of National Parks and Wildlife.

In mitigation, the accused asked the court to exercise lenience on them as they were all family men who may subject their families to great suffering if they were sent to prison.