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A 42-year-old man from Mwaiteneke township in Mansa claiming to be Chief Justice Mumba Malila was arrested for impersonation after he solicited money from the permanent secretaries to help with funeral expenses, saying he had lost his brother in Mansa.

Emmanuel Sichinga, a former detainee telephoned the permanent secretaries of the Ministries of Agriculture Green Mbozi as well as Transport and Logistics Fredrick Mwalusaka then introduced himself as Chief Justice Dr Mumba Malila.

Police spokesman Rae Hamoonga said in a statement that Sichinga further requested financial assistance from the two permanent secretaries and gave them his mobile number to deposit the money.

“On August 12, 2022, the police received an impersonation report from Anthony Kamanda from judicial apartment number eight who reported an impersonation case on behalf of His Lordship Chief Justice Dr. Mumba Malila State Counsel where a person unknown claiming to be the chief Justice was soliciting money from the permanent secretaries to help with funeral expenses as he had lost his brother at Mansa in Luapula Province This happened between August 8 around 10:00 a.m. and August 22 2022 around 2 p.m.,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga said police had opened an investigation into the case and managed to apprehend the suspect in Mansa yesterday.

He said investigations revealed the suspect was a former inmate of Kansenshi Correctional Center in Ndola, where he served his sentence from 2018 to 2019 for a similar offence.

“A mobile phone, three SIM cards and a telephone directory used in the commission of the offense were recovered from the suspect. He is currently detained and will appear in court soon,” Mr Hamoonga said.

In the meantime, Mr. Hamoonga warned all unscrupulous people who commit crimes using computer systems or cyberspace that the Zambia Police Service working with the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority has the ability to locate them.

“They should not think in the least that they will get away with their criminal activities because the long arm of the law will soon catch up with them.

(Mwebantu, Thursday September 1, 2022)

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