The First Grade Magistrate court in Rumphi, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, convicted and sentenced a 51-year-old Julius Zgambo to 42 months Imprisonment with Hard Labour for Game offences.
Zgambo was also found with muzzle loader inside Vwaza Marsh Game reserve on February 27, 2021.
“On the material day, a team of Wildlife Assistants at the said Game reserve were on patrol duties. They saw footprints and followed them until they arrested the suspect and seized a Muzzle loader. He was taken to Rumphi police where he was charged with three counts; that of entering into a protected area without permit contravening section 32(i), conveying a weapon into a protected area without permit contravening section 33 (1) and hunting into a protected area without permit contravening section 35 (a) of National Parks and Wildlife Act.” Inspector Henry Mnjere narrated
Appearing before First Grade Magistrate Cuthbert Phiri, Zgambo pleaded guilty of the charges leveled against him.
In submission, Parks and Wildlife prosecutor, John Mabethi, described the accused’s conduct as sluggish as he was previously convicted over similar offences.
Mabethi therefore pleaded for a stiffer punishment to him saying others should also learn a lesson.
Giving sentence, magistrate Phiri agreed with the state saying Zgambo interfered with security of endangered species.
He therefore sentenced Zgambo to 24 months, 48 months and 24 months Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL) for the first, second and third counts respectively, saying this should also be a lesson to others. Sentences to run concurrently.
Julius Zgambo comes from Kaluvuvu village under Inkosi Mpherembe in Mzimba district.