THE Lusaka High Court has fined former deputy minister Foreign Affairs Gabriel Namulambe’s daughter Angela K5, 000 or 15 months simple imprisonment for causing death by dangerous driving.
In her judgment delivered yesterday, High Court Judge Gertrude Chawatama said she exercised leniency by giving Angela that kind of punishment after listening to her mitigation.
Judge Chawatawa said Angela had suffered the pain of losing her loved ones in the accident but said the offence of dangerous driving could make one go to prison for five years or fined K30, 000.
“I have exercised my discretion to express leniency because you have to deal with the loss of your loved ones,” Ms Justice Chawatama said.
The judge also suspended Angela’s driving licence for one year and advised her to appeal if she was not satisfied with the decision of the court.
This is in the case in which Angela, 26, of house number 345 Independence Avenue, Lusaka, was charged with five counts of causing death by dangerous driving when her vehicle, a Toyota Vitz, collided with a Toyota Chaser driven by Frank Mambwe. Five people, including Mr Mambwe, died in the accident. Others are Jane Chigunta, Rose Namulambe, Pauline Ngoma and Jane Chigunta.
In mitigation, Angela prayed to the court to exercise leniency on her and be fined instead of being given a custodial sentence because she had two children, among them a three-month-old baby.
She said she was a civil servant employed at the University Teaching Hospital where she was providing valuable services to the public.