THE Ndola High Court has sentenced two men of Kitwe to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour for vandalising Zamtel cables worth about K50,000 in Luanshya.
High Court Justice Charles Chanda jailed Rodrick Mukuka, 27, of 1035 Wusakile and Aubrey Nkonya, 25, of 30 Chamboli after finding them guilty of the offence.
Mr Justice Chanda in passing the sentence said vandalism was rampant and reversed development of Zambia.
The two on April 17, last year in Luanshya damaged three Zamtel cables valued at K49,895.
One of the witnesses, Gift Mate, a security guard with Guardall Security Company testified during trial that on April 16, he received a report that Zamtel cables at Kamirenda had been cut.
He told the court that he went to the scene around 21:00 hours with police officers and found a blue Toyota Spacio vehicle parked at the scene.
Mr Mate said he saw one person disembarking from the vehicle and that before he could ascertain what was happening, the vehicle drove off.
Another witness, Dennis Bwembya a technician at the telecommunication company in Luanshya told the court that he received a report that Zamtel cables in Kamirenda had been vandalised.
In mitigation, the two convicts pleaded for lenience through National Legal Aid Clinic for Women counsel Zacheus Musonda.
Mr Musonda pleaded that his clients were both married with children and were remorseful for the action.
In passing the sentence, Mr Justice Chanda took into account their mitigation that they were first offenders and said he would exercise maximum lenience.
– TIMES OF ZAMBIA.