A TANZANIAN female national yesterday appeared in a Lusaka Magistrates court charged with human trafficking involving up to 77 Ethiopians destined for South Africa.
Before Magistrate Sylvia Munyina was Zawadi William Shnde, 36, of unknown house number in Lusaka’s Kabangwe area, charged with two counts of human trafficking against the laws of Zambia.
In the first count, Shonde is alleged to have, on dates unknown but between 30th December 2015 and 7th January 2016 while acting with other unknown people smuggled an Ethiopian national Binyam Ure Erikalo, who was waiting to be transported to South Africa contrary to Section 9(2) of the Anti Human Trafficking Act no. 11 of 2008. Shonde is also accused of habouring an illegal immigrant by providing food and shelter to Erikalo at her Kabangwe residence.
In the second count, Shonde is alleged to have facilitated the trafficking of over 75 Ethiopians by providing shelter and other logistics in their travel to South Africa contrary to section 3(1) and read together with Section 7(1) (b) of the Anti-Human Trafficking Act No 11 of 2008 of the laws of Zambia.
“Shonde did facilitate in trafficking of Ahmed Herst an Ethiopian and 76 other Ethiopians (as per attached list of names) by allowing your premises and motor vehicle Toyota Regius registration number BAB 5281 to be used for the purpose of habouring the victims,” the charges read.
She pleaded not guilty in both counts, and the matter was adjourned to 25, and 29 January 2016 for mention and possible commencement of trial.
The suspect was remanded in custody.