3 IN COURT FOR ALLEGED POSSESSION OF A PANGOLIN

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Mulenga Musonda

@SunZambian

Two farmers and a taxi driver have been arraigned to the Choma Magistrates Court to exculpate themselves from allegations that they had in their possession a live Pangolin.

In this matter, Charles Siaziba 50, Peter Muchindu 51, both farmers, and Given Hambayi 31, a taxi driver appeared before Court charged with Unlawful Possession of a Protected Animal contrary to the Laws of Zambia.

Allegations are that, the trio on April 25, 2021 in Choma, jointly and whilst acting together unlawfully had in their possession a live Pangolin without a Certificate of ownership from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks.

When they appeared for plea before Senior Resident Magistrate Peter Mungala, they all understood the charge read to them. Siaziba, Muchindu and Hambayi after understanding the charge all strongly distanced themselves from the allegations compelling the Court to enter pleas of not guilty respectively.

The matter was adjourned to May 4, 2021 for commencement of trial after the trio were granted K2, 000 cash bail each with two suitable sureties bound in the like sum but in their own recognisance.

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