Rumphi First Grade Magistrate’s court on Friday, July 31, 2020 convicted and sentenced William Kasalu, 33, to 30 months imprisonment with hard labour for committing various Game offences.
Inspector Henry Mnjere, Rumphi Police Public Relations Officer said state prosecutor told court that Kasalu committed the offences on July 28, 2020 at Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve. “State Prosecutor Sub Inspector Paul Phiri said that three wildlife officers were on patrols and saw fire inside the Game. Immediately, a follow up was made and saw three men who started running away, but they managed to arrest one villager, Mr Kasalu who was found with muzzle loader, meat of Grysbok and matches. ” Explained Mnjere
According to Mnjere, the convict was taken to Rumphi police where he was charged on five counts namely: Entering into a Wildlife Reserve Without Permit contrary to Section 108 of National Parks and Wildlife Act, Conveying Weapon into Protected Area contrary to Section 33(1) as read with Section 108 of National Parks and Wildlife Act, Conveying Poison in the Protected Area contrary to Section 33(7) of National Parks and Wildlife Act, Killing of Protected Species (Grysbok) in a Protected Area contrary to Section 35 of National Parks and Wildlife Act, and Setting Fire in Protected Area contrary to Section 38(b) of National Parks and Wildlife Act.
“In court, Kasalu pleaded guilty to all counts and prosecutor Phiri in his submission asked the court to give meaningful sentence to the offender, saying such offences are rising in the area despite being felonious. Passing sentence, First Grade Magistrate Radson Gamaliel concurred with state’s submission, saying William Kasalu deserves a lesson, and he therefore sentenced him to 9 months, 15 months, 12 months, 30 months and 12 months to the counts respectively, the sentences to run concurrently.” Said Mnjere
William Kasalu comes from Sitima Village in the area of Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe in Rumphi.