Monday, March 4, 2024


The High Court is today expected to review John Mussa’s case – in which he was sentenced to 8 years in prison after being found guilty for possessing Indian Hemp.

Mussa pleaded guilty to charges of possessing Indian Hemp illegally after he was taken in court leading to his sentencing which sparked a debate as many viewed it as not fair.

Today Mussa is expected to ask the Court to counterman his conviction and set aside his sentence.

Mussa is expected to argue that he is 17 years old, although the magistrate court record indicates that he is 19 years, saying he should have been accorded the protection of a child under the Child Care Protection and Justice Act.

Mussa is being represented by Alexius Kamangira of Nicholls and Brookes alongside Chikondi Chijozi, Ruth Kaima, and Luntha Chimbwete of Southern Africa Litigation Centre and the Centre for Human Rights, Education Advice and Assistance.

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