Zimbabwean hawkers appear in magistrate's court

06 Oct 2015 10:30am
WALVIS BAY, 06 OCT (NAMPA) - Four Zimbabwean nationals who were arrested by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at Walvis Bay for illegally selling goods, appeared in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
The suspects, all male, are in Namibia on visitors’ visas.
They were apprehended on 21 September 2015 in the Kuisebmond residential area after the police learned that their visas do not allow them to conduct business in Namibia.
Given Tarugarira, 19; Gankayi Shamada, 33; Onismos Chikwave, 31; and Owen Kudakwishi Munatsi, 21 sold goods such as hats, T-shirts, shoes, socks and steering wheel covers.
The accused persons conducted their own defence and pleaded guilty.
They further admitted that they are aware that conducting business while being in a foreign country strictly as a visitor is illegal.
In mitigation, Shamada said “I wanted to make money and save it to pay for my transport to return home”.
Munatsi noted that he decided to sell T-shirts because he needed to support himself as he has no other form of income.
Chikwave and Tarugarira also indicated that they sold goods to support themselves and to save up to pay for transport back to Zimbabwe at the end of this month.
Each suspect indicated that he is willing to pay a fine not more than N.dollars 500.
State Prosecutor Faith Nyaungwa proposed a fine of N.dollars 2 000 or eight months’ imprisonment.
Magistrate John Sindano sentenced the four men to a fine of N.dollars 2 000. Failure to pay the fine could result in eight months’ imprisonment.
The sentence is wholly suspended for five years on condition that they will not commit the same offence within that period.