A TRAFFIC policeman at the Lusaka Central police has been jailed for 36 months with hard labour for corrupt practices involving K 1, 000.
Lusaka Magistrate Lameck Mwale on Wednesday found Titus Chisanga, 36, of House No. 3 Block 10 Kafue police camp guilty of one count of corrupt practices by public officer contrary to the laws of Zambia.
This is according to Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) public relations manager Timothy Moono.
Details of the offence were that Chisanga between August 25 and December 3, 2009, corruptly solicited for K1, 000 and actually received K500 from Mable Chisanga.
This was an inducement or reward for the traffic policeman to release Ms Chisanga’s impounded motor vehicle registration number ABT 1022 from police custody.
Mr Moono said Chisanga was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission on December 22, 2012 and was charged with one count of corrupt practices.
And an Indian national has learnt Zambian immigration laws the hard way after the Lusaka Magistrates Court fined him K15,000 for making a false statement to obtain an employment permit.
In an event that Patel Ismail Zakir, 33, of Lusaka’s Emmasdale township fails to pay the K15, 000 fine, he would serve 12 months simple imprisonment.
This was after Zakir appeared before Lusaka Resident Magistrate Kenneth Mulife and pleaded guilty to the charge of giving a false statement.
Zakir admitted that he made a false statement to the Department of Immigration that he was a site manager for construction at Golden Crest Limited, a company which did not exist.
Particulars of the offence are that Zakir between October 29, 2013 and April 18, 2015 in Lusaka whilst acting together with other persons unknown, with intent to deceive did make a false statement to the Department of Immigration for the purposes of obtaining an employment permit purporting that he was lawfully employed by Golden Crest Limited.
Magistrate Mulife said he would exercise leniency because Zakir was a first offender and did not waste court’s time.
Magistrate Mulife, however, said he was under obligation to mete out punishment against Zakir to deter other would-be offenders and to stop him from committing the same offence in future.
In mitigation, Zakir asked the court to exercise leniency because he was looking after children in India.
But Magistrate Mulife fined him K15,000 or in default serve 12 months simple imprisonment.
The court also handed over the work permit to Department of Immigration for destruction.