Lusaka Magistrate Emmie Masoja Mbewe has sentenced six cadres from the ruling Patriotic Front party to three months imprisonment for illegal land allocation.
However Magistrate Mbewe suspended the sentence by 12 months meaning the cadres will not go to prison if they do not commit any or similar offence for the next one year.
Particulars of the offence were that on October 16, 2012, the six young men jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown, unlawfully entered the premises of Zama Mkwamadzi in Kanyama township with intent to destroy his property.
In passing her sentence Magistrate Mbewe told the defendants that she had taken into account their mitigation but that there was need to show action that would deter other would-be offenders.
“Such cases have been rampant in society but some people have been doing this because of ignorance for the law and influence from other people,” she said.
The six cadres: Shadrick Mumba, 27, Philip Mwanza, 21, Richard Phiri, 24, Ackim Mwanza, 26, Clement Kamwandi, 30, and Clive Mweemba, 27, all of Lusaka’s Kanyama Township, were found guilty of criminal trespass last week and have since been released from custody.