Chipata man gets four months for marijuana

By Staff Reporter

The Chipata magistrates’ court has sentenced a man to four months imprisonment with hard labour for trafficking in marijuana, contrary to the law.

According to facts presented in court, officers found Ganizani Zulu in possession of marijuana weighing 620g at Kunda village from the Drug
Enforcement Commission (DEC).

When taking plea, Zulu admitted the charge and was convicted accordingly.

In mitigation, Zulu informed the court that he was a first offender and had a number of loans with various organisations, which he needed to pay back.

He further said that his wife was 8 months pregnant and that he was willing to change if given a second chance as he would be sensitising people in society on the dangers of trafficking in psychotropic substances.

In passing judgment resident magistrate Borniface Mwala said he had considered what Zulu said in mitigation and was entitled to lenience as he was a first offender and had shown remorse.

Magistrate Mwala however said cases of trafficking in psychotropic substances were on the increase in Chipata district and sentenced him to four months imprisonment with hard labour effective the day of his arrest.