A MAN masquerading as Chief Chibale of Serenje district charged with obtaining money from Zesco employees by false pretences has been fined K1,400 or six months in prison.
Lusaka Magistrate Austen Mubita fined 32-year-old Simon Khunga on his own admission of guilt.
The particulars of the offence were that on March 11 this year security officers at Zesco received information from Chama district that there was a person who was purporting to be Chief Chibale of Serenje district.
Khunga was also accused of receiving K700 from Jane Chisonta, a personal assistant to the managing director of Zesco, and K945 from an accountant of the same company.
Acting on that information, Sergeant Kamanga instituted investigations and it was discovered that Khunga was a resident of Chama.
Sergeant Kamanga interviewed the suspect and under warn and caution he readily admitted the charge.
It was found that between March 1 and 9 Khunga knowingly and fraudulently presented himself to Zesco managing director’s secretary Milika Mwansa as Chief Chibale.
He is also alleged to have on March 17 obtained K945 from Zesco accountant Alex Chinya pretending that the money was meant to carter for his transport when in fact not.
Khunga is also reported to have obtained K700 from Ms Chisonta pretending that the same money was meant for his medicals when in fact not.