Written by on April 5, 2019

THE Lusaka Magistrates’ Court has warned a young convict to desist from drug abuse and trafficking because he risks going mad.

Nsunge Chanda warned 19-year-old Yotham Mutambo after he pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in psychotropic substances.

“Drug trafficking is a serious offence and you are not supposed to commit it. You are admiring mad people and you will be lying that you have been bewitched.

“The reason legislators put it in the law as an offence, you have to know that it destroys the mind,” Ms. Chanda said.

She further warned Mutambo that he risked losing feelings for others if he continued engaging in the vice.

“You will be stealing and defiling girls and raping women. Next you will start killing and looking at someone like you are killing a chicken because of the influence of drugs.

“People will kill your parents because of you. Can you change because prison is not good. I can punish you and you shouldn’t be found with drugs or steal,” she said.

Ms Chanda also ordered Mutambo to undergo counselling at the Prisons Care and Counselling Association (PRISCCA).

She further told Mutambo to ensure that he is not brought to court again for the similar or another offence.

Ms Chanda told the convict’s parents to have him arrested if he does not change.

She told him to stop associating with his friends who are misleading him into smoking cannabis.

Ms. Chanda told the juvenile that there was no need for him to go astray and that he should be like his eight siblings who are behaving well in line with their parents’ guidance.

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