2 jailed for attempted robbery

The Lusaka Magistrate’s Court has taught two men how not to get a ‘salary’ from an ‘employer’ who is reluctant to pay.

Braham Tembo,22, and Paul Tembo ,28, both of Lusaka’s Chaisa compound have been sentenced to three months imprisonment with hard labour for attempted aggravated robbery.

The duo appeared before Resident Magistrate Albert Mwaba and were each facing one count of attempted  aggravated robbery contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Facts before the court are that on February 25, 2014 at around 07:00 hours when Afrai Farai, a Somalian was going to a Mosque in Emmasdale, Abraham pretended to be urinating in front of him but after he passed he got hold of him and started searching him.

Abraham’s accomplice Paul emerged from the bush with a machete and started beating Afrai.

Abraham and Paul wanted to get Farai’s Cell phone but members of the public went to his rescue.

The matter was reported to Police and the duo was arrested after they gave free and voluntary statements admitting the charge.

Abraham said he wanted to get the cell phone from Farai as payment for the piece-work he did for him.

Paul said he threatened Farai with words as he did not have any weapon.

He said Farai did not owe him any money but just wanted the phone. Magistrate Mwaba said found the suspects guilty on their own admission and sentenced them accordingly.

In mitigation, Abraham said he was a Grade 7 puipil at Emmasdale Basic School and that his school fees are generated from piece works as no one helps him.

Paul said he was a married man and had three children whom he looks after.

Magistrate Mwaba said he had considered the mitigation but that robbery is a serious offence which they could serve seven years.

He however sentenced duo to three months imprisonment with hard labour with effect from their day of arrest.

Meanwhile, a 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 15 months imprisonment with hard labour by the Lusaka Magistrate Court for trafficking in Marijuana.

Before Resident Magistrate Albert Mwaba was Grayson Mwanza of Lusaka’s Chibolya Compound who was facing one count of trafficking in psychotropic substances contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Facts before the court were that on May 29, 2014, Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) officers received information that Mwanza was a drug trafficker in Chibolya.

Acting on the information, the DEC officers followed him and searched his house and found loose vegetable matters suspected to be Marijuana. The suspected drugs were then seized and taken to University Teaching Hospital Laboratory where they were tested and it was confirmed that it was Marijuana, a herbal product of Cannabis Sativa weighing 251.1 grammes.

Under warn and caution, Mwanza gave a free and voluntary statement admitting the charge and he was arrested.

Mwanza said that he understood the charge and that the facts are true and correct.

Magistrate Mwaba said that upon Mwanza’s own admission he finds him guilty of the subject offence and he was going to charge him accordingly.

In mitigation, Mwanza said that his father died and that he is taking care of his grandmother who is blind.

When passing sentence Magistrate Mwaba said that drugs endangers our society.