Court puts UPND supporters on 12 week community service

By Staff Reporter

The Choma magistrate’s court has sentenced five suspected United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres to 12 weeks of community service for unlawful assembly, contrary to the laws.

Dashen Hanambole, Andrew Musalile, Kanyanda Kambeu, Juma Phiri and a 17 year old juvenile; all taxi drivers in Choma, were arrested for proposing violence on the Great North Road.

But senior resident magistrate Mupemo Phiri amended the charge to unlawful assembly and found all the suspects guilty of the offence.

Magistrate Phiri reminded the accused persons that their behaviour was unacceptable and could not be condoned.

She then sentenced all of them to three months community service at the Choma subordinate court, failure to which they faced a nine month jail term with hard labour.