Two Malawian nationals have been convicted by a court in Zambia for being illegal immigrants.
According to Zambia’s official news agency – Zanis – the Livingstone Magistrate Court convicted the Malawians for unlawful stay in Zambia.
Frank Gama Naison, a Basket Maker, entered Zambia from Malawi using Mwami border control for the purpose of doing business.
Naison however, travelled to Lusaka then relocated to Livingstone where Immigration Officers caught up with him during one of their patrols.
The Zambian Immigration Officers approached him and later established that he was staying in Zambia illegally and under warn and caution statement he admitted to the charge of unlawful stay in Zambia.
Naison pleaded guilty to the charge of unlawful stay in Zambia after the facts were read out to him in court and the Magistrate convicted him accordingly.
In mitigation, he said he was a first offender, married and had two children who depended on him for support.
And in passing judgment, Magistrate Chola Musonda fined Naison 800, 000 Zambian Kwacha to
be paid within 14 days and in default, 21 days imprisonment after which he was to be deported to Malawi.
And Rifled Iron Banda, 28, a Malawian businessman from Blantyre was charged with one count of unlawful stay in Zambia, to which he readily admitted and was convicted accordingly.
Banda admitted to have entered Zambia on January 8, 2012 through Mwami border for business purposes and later travelled to Livingstone where Immigration Officers nabbed him for illegal stay in the country.
In mitigation, he said he was a first offender and pleaded for leniency saying he has a pregnant wife and children who looked up to him for support.
And Magistrate Musonda fined him 800, 000 Zambia Kwacha and in default 21 days in
prison effective from the date of default.