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Man fined for insulting chief

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BINGA — A man from Delampuli village in Binga, who had the guts to insult the local chief calling him “stupid” at a public, meeting has been ordered to pay the chief $100 as damages for humiliating him.
Jeffrey Nkondo (50) pleaded not guilty to contravening section 95 (1) (a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act (public insult) when he appeared before Binga magistrate Stephen Ndlovu.
However, the magistrate convicted him and sentenced him to 12 months in jail. Six months of the sentence were suspended for five years on condition of good behaviour. The other six months were suspended on condition that he pays Chief Skalenge Bayela Charles Tshuma (58) $100 for damages before September 24.
Prosecutor Hlahlani Ndhlela told the court that on March 27, Chief Skalenge was addressing his subjects at Siabuwa business centre turn-off in Binga whichNkondo attended.
It is the state case that Nkondo was given a chance to ask questions on the subject matter but instead he started addressing the crowd contrary to the agenda given.
The court heard that this prompted Chief Skalenge to order Nkondo to sit down, telling him it was not his platform to address the meeting but to ask questions.
The order did not go down well with Nkondo, who stood his ground and started insulting the chief in his native language.
“Ulichituta nsikwizi pe kuti nduweni fuseki ulabona ndakulwanisia, nsensi mulombakope (You are stupid and I do not know who you are. I will fight you, I am not your younger brother),” Nkondo allegedly told the chief.
Chief Skalenge later made a report to the police, leading to Nkondo’s arrest.

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