The Lusaka Fast track court on traffic offences has convicted and sentenced to fine a Zambia Air Force officer identified as Mate Banda for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Mr. Mate was charged by the Road Transport and Safety Agency after he caused a road traffic accident near state house recently.
Earlier Mr. Mate’s Lawyer Valentine Kabongo raised preliminary issues that the RTSA has now authority to conduct an arrest.

Pursuant to the Judgement of the Subordinate Court delivered by the Honourable Magistrate Madam Fydes Hamaundu, the court ruled that section 157 (2) of the Road Traffic Act gives powers to RTSA Road Traffic Inspectors to effect an arrest without warrant.

She stated that under the Road Traffic Act, the powers given to the police and the RTSA and same.

Mr. Mate has been convicted and fined two thousand five hundred for Driving under the influence of Alcohol, two thousand for Dangerous Driving, nine hundred for driving a motor vehicle without a valid road tax and 300 hundred for driving a motor vehicle without a valid certificate of fitness.

In default Mr. Mate will serve a jail sentence of six months simple imprisonment concurrently.