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Innocent Kalimanshi sentenced for 1-year in jail with hard labour for drug trafficking

Lusaka magistrate Stanford Ngobola has sentenced PF national commander Innocent Kalimanshi known as ‘Ama Americans’ to one year imprisonment with hard labour for drug trafficking.

Mwebantu reports that the magistrate has also jailed PF cadre Andrew Mende to a year in prison with hard labour.

Magistrate Ngobola said both sentences are with effect from the date they were arrested in August this year.

He, however, acquitted Kalimanshi of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Magistrate Ngobola said the offences which the accused persons committed are very serious and carried a minimum sentence of 12 months.

However, after considering their mitigation in which they pleaded for leniency, and there being no aggravating circumstances, magistrate Ngobola said his hands are tied and jailed them one year each which is the minimum sentence for drug trafficking.

The magistrate only convicted Kalimanshi and Mende for drug trafficking and acquitted their co-accused persons because of lack of evidence.

Kalimanshi and Mende were joined charged with Titus Phiri, Nkandu Mundubi, Melvin Sichinga and Emmanuel Mwape.

It was alleged that on August 23, 2021 at Lusaka, the accused trafficked in psychotropic substance namely, 95.3 grams of Cannabis, the product of cannabis sativa without lawful authority.

Mende also trafficked in 36.0 grams while Kalimanshi on the same day trafficked 2.0 grams of cannabis.

Kalimanshi was also charged with unlawfully use of an unregistered Nissan Fairlady for purpose of committing an offence under the Narcotic drug.

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