POLICE in Ndola have arrested Ndola deputy mayor Richard Kalasa, the third councillor in two days, for allegedly obtaining money by false pretences in the widening land scam involving major local authorities in Zambia.
And in another development, a Lebanese national has reported suspended Kitwe mayor Kelvin Sinyangwe who was arrested on Wednesday and charged for obtaining K116, 000 by false pretences.
Mr Kalasa has since been detained at Ndola Central police station.
Mr Kalasa, 52, of 9630 Hillcrest in Ndola, was arrested yesterday and was expected to appear in court today.
Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga confirmed the arrest of Mr Kalasa and said he was detained at Ndola Central police station.
“Yes, I can confirm that Mr Kalasa, 52 years old of 9630 Hill Crest in Ndola, has been arrested for obtaining money on false pretences amounting to K3, 000.
“He is alleged to have received money from a John Kapesha of Lubuto whom he promised to sell a plot but did not.
“He did not give him a plot and could not even pay back the money to the owner,” Ms Katanga said.
And Ms Katanga also confirmed that a Lebanese national had reported Mr Sinyangwe to police for obtaining money by false pretences amounting to K67, 000.
This comes barely hours after the suspended Kitwe mayor appeared in the Kitwe Magistrate Court yesterday where he pleaded not guilty to two counts of obtaining money by false pretences amounting to K116, 000.
“I can also confirm that the suspended Kitwe mayor Kelvin Sinyangwe, who appeared in court today on two counts of obtaining money by false pretences amounting to K116, 000, has again been reported to police by a Lebanese national on the charge of obtaining money by false pretences.
“Right now, I don’t have the names of the Lebanese national, but I can tell you that the amount is K67,500,” Ms Katanga said.