Court fines Asian for illegal fish trading

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-A  Choma Subordinate court has found a local businessman of Asian origin guilty of selling fish without authority.

Li Wei admitted to the count of engaging in a fish business without a
permit contrary to section 54 and 56 (1) of the Immigration and
Deportation Act number 18 of 2010 of the Laws of Zambia.

ZANIS reports that Choma Magistrate Mbololwa Mukela found LI Wei guilty upon his own admission
and fined him K1,500.00  to be paid by the end of his court appearance yesterday or face nine months imprisonment.

Facts before the court were that the accused was found in one of the
shops around the business center of town selling fish by the
Immigration patrol team.

When asked for identification documents he produced a passport that
showed that he was on employment permit, a document he did not have at
the time but did produce a receipt showing that he had paid for an
investor’s permit.

This made the officers suspicious and led to him being apprehended and
when he was interviewed the accused said he used to work for a
construction company called African Brothers Corporation Limited in
Lusaka.

The accused further told the immigration team that when he found something to do for himself, he quit working for African Brothers Corporation and formed his own company called Hua Nong Investments company Limited which was incorporated by Registrar of companies on 19th
November, 2014.

Wei said the company majored in farming and transportation which he
did in the town of Mazabuka.

He later applied to PACRA for inclusion of selling food stuffs among
others but before his investor’s permit came out he rented a shop in
Choma town where he started selling fish without authority.

In mitigation Wei apologized to the court asking for leniency as he
was a first offender and wanted to follow the law and
that his employees would suffer if incarcerated.

Passing judgment, Magistrate Mukela noted the offence of engaging in
business without a permit carries a maximum K40,000.00 penalty fine or imprisonment for two years.

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