A LOCAL court senior magistrate has been jailed for three years with hard labour for corrupt practices involving K5,000 for siliciting for a bribe in a divorce matter he was presiding over.
Kaputo Modest N’gandwe, 43, of House No. 14700/M Libala South in Lusaka, was convicted by Acting Chief Resident Magistrate Aridah Chulu.
N’gandwe, after being found guilty, wept as he pleaded with the court to exercise maximum leniency on him as he was a first offender.
N’gandwe also asked the court not to send him to jail as he was a family man with four children who were at the university and high school. He also pleaded with Ms Chulu not to give him a custodial sentence, claiming that if sent to jail his family would suffer as he was the breadwinner.
But that did not stop Chief Magisrate Chulu from sending him to prison, telling him he had brought the name of the Judiciary into shame in the shortest period that he had been a judicator.
She said she had no doubt that N’gandwe solicited for a bribe of K5,000 as a reward or inducement for him to pass judgment in Mwaba Munkondya’s favour.
Ms Chulu said it was not in dispute that N’gandwe asked Munkondya for a bribe so that he could pass judgment in his favour.
N’gandwe was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission on October 9, 2013 and charged with corrupt practices by public officer contrary to Section 19 (1) as read with Section 41 of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012.
It was stated that N’gandwe, jointly and whilst acting together with others unknown, corruptly solicited for a sum of K5,000 and actually received K1, 500 cash gratification from Mr Munkondya.