7 UPND cadres sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour
SEVEN United Party for National Development (UPND) who assaulted two Patriotic Front (PF) cadres in Choma in February this year, have been sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour.
Each of the seven who include Phinias Simalili, Marcus Ng’andu , Saidi Mwale , Kizito Siamani, Steve Kalonga , Joe Munsaka and Jonathan Mwanza have been sentenced to two concurrent conviction of 24 months.
In the first count the seven were alleged to have assaulted PF member Jeena Phiri on Saturday February 13,2016 while in the second count they were jointly charged for assaulting Saidi Malunga of Choma on February 13, 2016.
In convicting the seven at the Choma magistrate courts yesterday, Mazabuka based magistrate Chinkashi Chilingala said the accused would be an example to others in the country.
Mr Chilingala said the country has experienced unprecedented political violence and there was need for the courts to bring sanity and peace in the nation.
Earlier the accused pleaded for leniency as they were still in their youths and were also bread winners.
But the magistrate said the offence of assault carries five years and convicting them to 24 months was a reduction.