Two Chipata district residents in Eastern province have pleaded not guilty to a charge of selling dog meat to members of public.
The two who appeared in the Chipata Magistrate Court and pleaded before Resident Magistrate, Boniface Mwala were 39 year old Ruth Mwanza and her 33 year old husband Charles Mwanza, both of Munga Compound in Chipata.
The statement of the offence is that on 6th January this year, the two jointly and whilst acting together did offer for sale dog meat to members of the public purporting that it was goat meat, contrary to
the penal code as read with section 79 of the Public Health Act.
The court set January 21, 2017 as the date for commencement of trial and the accused were remanded in custody.
And another man earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of injuring animals contrary to section 334, subsection 1, Chapter 87 of the law of Zambia.
Before Resident Magistrate, Boniface Mwala, was Mathias Phiri a 41 year old farmer of Kazimule in Chief Nzamane’s area in Chipata.
When the offence was read to him that on 7th December 2016, the accused did wilfully and unlawfully injure two goats belonging to Noel Banda the accused readily pleaded guilty.
But when Magistrate Mwala further asked the accused whether he wilfully intended to injure the animals he said he did that because the goats were grazing in his field.
Magistrate Mwala later entered a plea of not guilty because from the statement given by the accused he did not wilfully injure the goats.
The court set January 23, 2017 as the date for commencement of trial.