By Scoop Reporter
A TANZANIAN man, Moses Mbapuli Okida, who was arrested for the offence of unlawful stay after being intercepted at Mongu Harbor during a routine operation has been fined K20, 000.
On Monday, the 41 year old was apprehended by Immigration Officers based at Mongu Regional Immigration Office when he failed to produce a valid travel document after he was requested to do so.
Immigration Department Public Relations Officer Namati Nshinka says Mr. Okida was subsequently arrested and charged with the offence of unlawful stay in Zambia, contrary to section 11(3) as read with section 56(1) of the Immigration and Deportation Act No. 18 of 2010 of the Laws of Zambia.
“Particulars of the offence are that Moses Mbapuli Okida on dates unknown but between 1st January, 2019 and 13th July, 2020 in Mongu stayed in Zambia without a valid travel document and failed to regularize his presence in Zambia.
“Appearing in the Magistrate Court in Mongu on 16th July, 2020, he was convicted and sentenced to pay a fine of K 20,000 or in default 12 months imprisonment with hard labour,” Mr. Nshinka said.
Meanwhile, the Department of Immigration between 10 to 16 July, 2020 secured13 convictions countrywide, with the convicts sentenced to fines of between K 200 and K 10,000 or in default 1 to 9 months simple imprisonment.
“Those convicted were three Zimbabweans, two Tanzanians and a Malawian, all for the offence of unlawful entry. Those convicted for unlawful presence were a Congolese, a Malawian, a Ugandan, and a Zimbabwean,” he said.