TWENTY Zambians have been imprisoned in Malawi after being convicted of encroaching in Kasungu National Park.
The 20 Zambians, all of Chief Chanje’s area in Chipata District, were arrested on Sunday, and charged with illegally settling in a game management area.
They were also charged with illegally cutting trees, cultivating in a game management area, and illegally hunting game in a protected area.
They were taken to Kasungu first grade magistrate’s court where they were prosecuted on Monday and found guilty of contravening the National Parks and Wildlife Act of Malawi. They are all being held in Kasungu Prison.
This is according to a statement released by First Secretary for Press at the Zambian High Commission in Lilongwe, Malawi, Chansa Kabwela.
Of the 28, eight were given suspended sentences on account of old age and poor health while 20 were each fined MK45,000 (ZMK675) or in default three years imprisonment.
The 20 were yet to find money to pay for their freedom.
Source : allAfrica