A 42-YEAR-OLD Mwaiteneke Township resident from Mansa who claimed to be Chief Justice Mumba Malila was apprehended for personation after asking permanent secretaries for assistance with burial costs on the grounds that he had lost his brother in Mansa.
An ex-convict named Emmanuel Sichinga called the Permanent Secretaries for the Ministries of Agriculture, Green Mbozi, and Transport and Logistics, Fredrick Mwalusaka. He later identified himself as Chief Justice Dr. Mumba Malila.
According to a statement from police spokeswoman Rae Hamoonga, Sichinga also begged the two permanent secretaries for financial support and offered them his phone number to deposit the money.
“Police on August 12, 2022 received a report of personation from Anthony Kamanda of Judiciary flat house number eight who reported a case of personation on behalf of His Lordship the Chief Justice Dr. Mumba Malila State Counsel where an unknown person purporting to be the Chief Justice was soliciting for money from Permanent Secretaries to help with the funeral expenses as he had lost his brother in Mansa of Luapula Province. This occurred between 8th August around 10:00 hours and 22nd August, 2022 around 14:00 hours,” he said.
Mr. Hamoonga claimed that after starting an investigation, police were able to effectively capture the culprit in Mansa yesterday.
Investigations, according to him, showed that the suspect was previously incarcerated at Ndola’s Kansenshi Correctional Facility from 2018 to 2019 for a similar offense.
“A Cell Phone, three sim cards and a telephone directory used in the commission of the offence were recovered from the suspect. He is currently detained in custody and will appear in court soon,” Mr Hamoonga said.
Mr. Hamoonga has issued a warning to anybody dishonestly utilizing computers or the internet to conduct crimes, saying that the Zambia Police Service and the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority have the ability to track them down.
“They should not think the slightest that they will get away with their criminal activities as the long arm of the law will soon catch up with them.