ZAMBIA: Court jails police impersonator 2 months

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A Chisamba man who pleaded guilty to the charge of wearing unauthorised Zambia Police uniform has been sentenced two months imprisonment with hard labour.
Lusaka magistrate Brian Simachela said he handed Taven Matandala a custodial sentence to show how serious the offence he committed was as well as deter would-be offenders from committing the same offence.
He said society needed to be protected from people like the convict and be able to distinguish between fake and geninue officers.
In mitigation, Matandala asked for the court’s leniency as he wore the uniform under the influence of alcohol.
Matandala, unemployed, was charged with unauthorised wearing of the uniform contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
It is alleged that on July 5, 2016, Matandala wore a police uniform without any authority.
When he appeared for plea before magistrate Simachela, Matandala pleaded guilty to the charge and the court convicted him upon his own admission of guilty.
According to facts before court, Matandala was found drunk with a bottle of beer in his hands at COMESA market while wearing a police uniform.
The accused saluted wrongly and failed to tell the officer his service number.
Matandala, who attempted to run away, was apprehended and detained.
During plea, the convict told court that he stole the uniform from a friend in Chisamba so that he could use it to get transport to Mazabuka.

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