The Chipata Magistrate court has fined a Nigerian businessman K350.00 for failing to appear before an immigration officer and unlawful stay in Zambia respectively.

ZANIS reports that Before Principal Resident Magistrate Jennifer Bwalya was Kenneth Success Uba, 40, of Kalongwezi Township in Chipata, who pleaded guilty to the two counts.

Facts are that on 7th November, this year, officers from the Immigration department were on duty and around 09 hours, met the convict.

Upon being interviewed, he told them that he was a Nigerian national leaving in Malawi and had come to Zambia on 30th October this year for business prospects.

The officers asked him whether he presented himself to the immigration office upon entering the country as required by law and told them that he had not done so.

The officers then arrested him and charged him with two counts of failing to appear before an immigration officer and unlawful staying in the country contrary to the Immigration Act of 2010, respectively.

In mitigation, the convict pleaded for leniency from the court, saying he was the first offender who readily pleaded guilty to the charges.

Uba further said he was an ailing person whose health was in danger if he did not seek constant medication.

‘’ I have problems with my lungs and because of that, I am on medication. If you permit me to remove my shirt, you will see what I am talking about and I am therefore begging for mercy,’’ he pleaded.

Magistrate Bwalya said she had heard the convict’s mitigation and took into consideration all what he said.

She fined the convict K 150.00 for the offence of not reporting himself to the immigration office upon entering the country or in default, sentenced to imprisonment for four weeks.

In the second count of unlawful stay in the country, the court fined the convict K 200.00 or in default, sentenced to imprisonment for one week, adding that, the two sentences will run concurrently.

The court ordered the convict to pay the two fines immediately failure to which, he will go to prison and only be released upon paying the fines.

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