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The Lusaka High Court has sentenced a 48-year-old man of Ngwerere Township to 5 years imprisonment with hard labour for vandalizing road signs along the newly constructed Ngwerere Road in Lusaka.
This was after he uprooted the road signs along the newly constructed Ngwerere Road under the L400 Phase II.
Steven Sinkamba, 48 of Ngwerere Township was initially charged with sabotage and malicious damage but the charge was later reduced to vandalism contrary to 341 J of the Penal Code of the Laws of Zambia.
This was after Sinkamba pleaded guilty to the amended charge.
Particulars are that on dates unknown but in October 2018, Sinkamba was apprehended by Police along Ngwerere Road for allegedly vandalizing road signage.
The convict is alleged to have been using the signage steel post for the production of tools such as hoes, axes, spears and brick molds.
Meanwhile, the Road Development Agency (RDA) has welcomed the court verdict and has warned would be offenders to be wary of the full wrath of the law.
Director Communications and Corporate Affairs Masuzyo Ndhlovu commended law enforcement officers for swiftly moving in and arresting the offender.
“This should act a warning to those in the habit of vandalizing road signage or indeed any other road furniture that is built at a huge cost using tax payer’s money,” he said shortly after the verdict was passed.
Mr. Ndhlovu appealed to citizens to be alert in communities and report to police those found vandalizing road furniture with impunity.