The Mpika Magistrates Court has freed an gun-Lover Mpika business Man Mordecai Sichalwe after a fine of K5000 which should be paid within 7 days.
Further, the State has been ordered by the Court to return all the guns back to Mr Sichalwe.
Background of this incident is that Mr. Sichalwe was found in possession of eight unlicensed guns and more than 200 rounds of ammunition has pleaded guilty to all the charges.
Particulars of the offence are that Sichalwe, on a date unknown but between 15th May 2018 and 2nd November 2018, in Mpika district in Muchinga Province willfully and unlawfully did fail to renew a firearm Licence No. 1204005, 9006184, and Licence No.608018 as required by law.
When he appeared before Magistrate Chinkashi Chilingala, yesterday Mr. Sichalwe pleaded guilty on all 5 charges leveled against him.
According to Magistrate Chilingala, on 2nd November 2018 at Mpika in Mpika district, Mr Sichalwe was found in possession of 302 excess ammunition of a 223 Rifle, contrary to the authorized quantity of 100 ammunition to be possessed at any one time.
The Magistrate added that, on the very day, the accused person was also found in possession of 63 excess ammunition of a pistol contrary to the authorized quantity of 50 ammunition to be possessed at any one time.