Three people in court for unlawful hunting

Three people yesterday appeared in the
Chinsali magistrate court for unlawful hunting in an open area and
possession of crocodile contrary to section 67 no. 12 of 1998 of the
environmental management act.

Appearing for plea before Senior Resident Magistrate Francis Nsokolo
yesterday, was Patrick Mutale, 28, and James Bwalya, 35, both of
Chinsali who pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful hunting without a

In the second count the two together with a Chinese national yulong
Sun, 26, of Mayadi Compound in Chinsali District, have pleaded guilty
to the unlawful possession of a cacus contrary to section 100 act
Number 12 of 1998 without a certificate.

While in the third count, the trio is charged with unlawful possession
of government trophy, the crocodile skin contrary to section 136(2) SI
61 of 1992.

In this count the two Zambian accused persons, Patrick Mutale and
James Bwalya pleaded not guilty while the Chinese national pleaded
guilty to the charge.

It is alleged that on June 12, 2015, the two Zambians unlawfully
hunted in an open area, while the Chinese national on the same date
was found in possession of an illegal animal.

Meanwhile, magistrate Nsokolo has adjourned the matter to July 16 for
clarification of controversy surround the motive behind the hunting of
the crocodile.

The two Zambian accused persons told the court after taking plea that
they were given permission to hunt the crocodile by the Zambia
Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) to hunt the animal.

They further alleged that the crocodile was meant for the village headman.

The two Zambian accused persons and the Chinese national are on police bond.