Zambian fined for overstaying

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A ZAMBIAN man who overstayed in the country has been fined $50 or 15 days in jail.

SILAS NKALA
STAFF REPORTER

Stephen Matongo (22) of Old Chisamba Farm in Lusaka, who has a Zimbabwean grandmother and Zambian parents, pleaded not guilty to the charge of contravening Section 29 (1)(a) of the Immigration Acts Chapter 4:02 of entering or remaining in Zimbabwe without a permit.

He appeared before Bulawayo senior magistrate Sibongile Msipa-Marondedze who convicted and fined him.

When asked why he remained in Zimbabwe illegally, he said his parents lived in Zambia, but he was in Zimbabwe to look after his sick grandmother while doing some piece jobs.

He said he had misplaced his passport and could not return to Zambia without it.

The court heard that on October 5 2012, Matongo entered Zimbabwe through Chirundu border post on a visitor’s entry certificate.
He was allowed to stay for 30 days.

After the expiry of the visitor’ entry certificate, he extended his stay three times.

However, from February 7, 2013 to the time of his arrest, he did not extend the days, thereby contravening Zimbabwean immigration laws.

He was arrested on January 12 2015, as he sought extension of his stay at the immigration offices.