A 25-year-old Zimbabwean man from Harare, Zimbabwe was this Tuesday arraigned before the Gaborone West Customary Court President, Kgosi Hambira, charged with refusing to give police officers his names on September 14, 2006, at Gaborone West in Gaborone.
Lucxon Muzumbari, who works as a driver at Modmol Investment at Phase 2, pleaded guilty to charges of refusing to give the Gaborone West Stop and Search patrolling team his names and asked the Gaborone West Customary Court to show mercy when sentencing him because he is working and has a family to support back home.
According to the evidence given to the court by the State Prosecutor from the Gaborone West Police, Sgt Kgaogano Sefho, the Gaborone West Police who stopped him, greeted him then asked him his name but Muzumbari refused to tell them his names.
Sgt Sefho told the court that the accused did not cooperate with the police who were patrolling and so was taken to the Gaborone West Police station where he was charged with refusing to give the police his names after they found out that he was not an illegal immigrant.
Sgt Sefho told the court that the accused was a first offender and said he created a case for himself by not cooperating with police officers who were on duty.
In mitigation, Muzumbari asked the court not to send him to prison because he was working and taking care of his family back home.
Before passing the sentence, Kgosi Hambira told the court that the accused arrested himself because he refused to cooperate with police officers who were doing their work. He emphasized that the police are permitted by law to stop and search people when they deem it necessary. Kgosi Hambira sentenced him to two strokes and advised him to always cooperate with police officers when they are doing their job.