THE Lusaka Magistrates Court has heard how a football team manager allegedly accumulated K121,000 hotel bills and issued two cheques in the sum of K25,000 and K30,000 which later bounced.
Elias Ngulube, team manager of Lusaka Dynamos, allegedly issued the cheques to Mumana Pleasure Resorts but were dishonoured by the bank on account of insufficient funds in the account. He has denied the offence.
Testifying in the case of Ngulube who is facing two counts of issuing cheques on insufficiently funded account, Njavwa Nambeye, 26, a manager at Banc ABC, Southern Sun Hotel branch of Olympia Extension, told the court that on August 15 2014 she received the two cheques but the bank was unable to pay Mumana Pleasure Resorts because the account had insufficient funds.
Ms Nambeye said she seized the two cheques.
Another witness, arresting officer Nyambe Silume, 39, of Woodlands police station, said on September 10 the same year he received a complaint from the supervisor of Mumana Pleasure Resorts in connection with two bounced cheques totaling K55,000 which she received from a man she knew as Elias Ngulube, a team manager of Lusaka Dynamos, who allegedly incurred a debt of K66, 000 which he accumulated by false pretences.
Mr Nyambe told the court that acting on the same information he investigated the matter and it was revealed that the cheques which were issued in the names of Eye Witness Solution of which Ngulube was one of the signatories had insufficient funds.
He said he went to PACRA where it was revealed that the accused Ngulube was one of the directors of the said company. Mr Nyambe said after investigations he summoned and arrested the accused and asked him to justify his actions of which he failed to give a satisfactory statement and was subsequently charged for the subject offence. Ngulube is facing two counts of issuing cheques on insufficient funded account contrary to section 33 (1) of Act No.1 of 2007 of the Payment and Financial Systems Act. Ngulube is also facing one count of obtaining pecuniary advantage by false presences.
Particulars of the offence allege that in counts one and two Ngulube on July 15 and 31, 2014 with intent to defraud, wilfully and dishonestly did issue Banc ABC cheques no. 000040 in the sum of K25, 000 and no. 000039 in the sum of K30,000 to Mumana Pleasure Resorts on an insufficiently funded account.
In counts two it is alleged that Ngulube in April same year did incur a debt of K66,000 which he made himself liable by means of false pretences to Mumana Pleasure Resorts. Magistrate Jennifer Bwalya adjourned the matter to April 22 for continuation of trial.