THE Lusaka Magistrates' Court this morning slapped a six month sentence suspended for 12 months on University of Zambia student Philip Siame who was charged with corruptly soliciting K3,000 cash as gratification from a female student.
This is in a case where Siame, 24 was involved in subletting rooms at UNZA, an activity commonly referred to as 'squatting' which was an offence and punishable according to the rules and regulations of UNZA.
Siame was recently convicted of the offence.
Principal resident magistrate Aridah Chulu said Siame was handed the sentence on condition that he does not commit similar offence within 12 months.
Magistrate Chulu said in default, a six months custodial sentence would be effected.
During the course of trial, UNZA dean of students Lastone Zyambo explained the procedure involved in students acquiring rooms.
He told the court that payment for rooms was done online when a student was given a room.
Zyambo said the students made payments to any Zanaco branch using bill muster forms.
He said the institution did not receive hard cash from students.
Zyambo also told the court that Siame was not a member of the committee that allocated rooms to students.
He explained the three types of payments involved for accommodation at UNZA.
Zyambo said students accommodated at Levy Mwanawasa Hotels paid K1,200 while those accommodated in ordinary rooms paid K565.50 and those in storerooms and big flats paid half the price paid by those accommodated in ordinary rooms.