By Lillian Zulu
THE Lusaka Magistrates’ Court has sentenced Chanda Chimba III two years imprisonment for disposing property suspected to be proceeds of crime after it rejected to consider his mitigation that he has stage four prostate cancer.
And the court has also fined Chanda Chimba K1,000 in two other counts involving illegal publication of two newspapers or in default serve one year.
Earlier, Chimba, through his lawyer Major Charles Lisita, asked the court to exercise maximum leniency because he was a first offender and that he had a serious illness.
In passing sentence, Ndola magistrate Obbister Musukwa, who sat in Lusaka, said he took note of Chimba’s mitigation that he was a first offender.
He, however, said for the court to consider the convict’s medical condition, documentation should have been availed to him so that he confirms the claims as there was nothing to show that he had a serious condition.
Magistrate Musukwa said he would therefore not consider Chimba’s medical condition claims.
He then fined Chimba K500 in count three which related to unlawful printing of a publication, Stand Up for Zambia, or in default serve six months in prison.
The court also fined Chimba another K500 for unlawfully publishing News of our Days or in default serve six months in jail.
In the sixth count relating to possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime, magistrate Musukwa jailed Chimba two years to run concurrently on condition that he pays the fines imposed on him.
On Monday, magistrate Musukwa acquitted former information minister Lieutenant General Ronnie Shikapwasha and his former permanent Secretary Dr Sam Phiri of abuse of authority of office.
The court found that Lt Gen Shikapwasha and Dr Phiri did not direct ZNBC to air Chimba’s documentary known as Stand Up For Zambia which committed the government to pay all liabilities and legal fees emanating from the broadcast of the said documentary.
But Chimba was convicted on one count of being in possession of money suspected to be proceeds of crime contrary to Laws of Zambia.
Magistrate Musukwa also convicted Chimba of two counts of unlawful printing and publication contrary to the Laws of Zambia after he established that it was him who caused the printing of the two illegal publications.