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2 soldiers, 4 others in court over ivory possession

By LUCY PHIRI

SIX people among them two soldiers have appeared at the Lusaka Magistrate court for allegedly being found with four Elephant ivories valued at K90,000.

Benson Kombe 49 a soldier, Pritchard Mwenda 42, also a soldier pleaded not guilty to illegal possession of  protected animals contrary to section 130(1) of the Zambia wildlife  act No. 14 of 2015 of the Laws of Zambia.

Others are; West Ngandu 44, a businessman, Kutekisa Nalikena 24 a farmer, Imran Muchindu 32, electrician, Kelvin Mwape 39, a businessman and Kelvin Kandela 26, a machine operator.

It is alleged that, the accused persons in Lusaka jointly and whilst acting together, had in their possession four elephant ivories altogether valued at K 90,000  without certificate of ownership issued to them by the Director of National Parks and Wildlife.

Meanwhile, a 28 year  old man of Lusaka’s Chilenje township has found himself in hot soup after he was caught stealing a wall clock and other items valued at K1, 750, property of Misisi Mini Hospital in Lusaka.

Eric Arnold Old is facing one count of Breaking into a building and committing a felony therein Contrary to Section 303 (a) of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

When the matter came up before Chief Resident magistrate Davies Chibwili, he allocated it to magistrate Kelvin Soma.  

It is alleged that, the suspect on October, 18, 2022, in Lusaka did break and enter into a building namely Misisi mini hospital with intent to steal and did steal therein 3 chairs and 1 wall clock altogether valued K1, 750 the property of Misisi mini hospital.

Trial continues

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