The State has expressed fear over the gradual tempo at which a wildlife crime case involving Zambian nationwide, Kelby Roy Malambo, is progressing.
Malambo was discovered with 22 items of uncooked ivory, weighing 64.905 kilogrammes valued at about MK53 million at Mwami Border Whole Filling Station in Mchinji in February final 12 months, which led to his arrest.
He faces three costs, which embody being present in possession of specimen of listed species, dealing in authorities trophy and importing specimen of listed species with out producing to a customs officer a sound allow.
The matter, whose listening to was imagined to resume on Wednesday, 9 February, 2022, didn’t proceed after Senior Resident Justice of the Peace Wanangwa Nyirenda heard that lawyer for accused was not current within the courtroom.
This was after the case had been adjourned earlier than a number of instances, because the protection had saved on giving excuses.
Throughout the Wednesday’s scheduled listening to, Malambo was anticipated to begin defending himself after being discovered with a case to reply in September final 12 months.
This time, the excuse for Malambo’s lawyer, based on Nyirenda, is that “his license expired and couldn’t proceed representing his shopper.”
This prompted State Prosecutor Levi Mangani to ask the courtroom to adjourn the matter to a later date, suggesting that ‘if the accused’s lawyer won’t be current once more, the courtroom may proceed, with the accused executing the protection himself.
Nyirenda has since adjourned listening to of the case to March 8, 2022.
All these offences Malambo dedicated, are opposite to the Nationwide Parks and Wildlife Act of 2017.
Malambo, 47, comes from Livingstone Metropolis in Monze District in Zambia.