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Five fined for contravening farm-gate regulations in Dowa

The Dowa First Grade Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, July 22 2021 convicted and sentenced five people to pay fines for contravening farm-gate regulations.

The court through state prosecutor Sub Inspector Ezara Bakili heard that the convicts, Bora Olivier, 33, Ramazani Safe, 29, Mugisho Daniel, 30, Dieudone Rumonge, 36 and Niyindora Antoinette, 48, all refugees from Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa District, were arrested for buying agricultural commodities using uncertified scales and buying agricultural commodities without licences.

Appearing before court, three of them pleaded guilty to charges of buying agricultural commodities using uncertified scales whilst two of them pleaded guilty to charges of buying agricultural commodities without licences contravening farm-gate regulations.

In his submission, state prosecutor Sub Inspector Ezara Bakili asked the court to mete out a stiff punishment to the offenders as one way of regulating farm-gate regulations.

Passing sentence, First Grade Magistrate Amran Phiri concurred with the state’s submission for a stiff punishment and sentenced three of them to pay a fine of K70 000.00 each or in default serve 6 months imprisonment with hard labour for buying agricultural commodities using uncertified scales whilst two of them have been ordered to pay a fine of K50 000.00 each or in default serve 4 months imprisonment with hard labour for buying agricultural commodities without licences.

The convicts have since paid the fines.

In a related development, the same court has convicted and sentenced nine people to pay a fine of K5000.00 each or in default serve 2 months imprisonment with hard labour for failing to put on face masks at a public place.

The convicts have since paid the fines.

Gladson M'bumpha

Gladson M'pumpha is a Public Relations Officer for Dowa Police

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