About 700 youths in Luanshya District have allegedly been swindled out of K58,000 by three pastors.
And a mini riot yesterday took place in Mpatamato township in after the affected community members stormed the police station demanding to be paid back their money collected by the pastors who are in police custody.
By midday on Thursday, the roads were still blocked namely 18 shaft and section 22 roads.
Copperbelt police commissioner Charity Katanga when contact for details advised the reporter to call her later as she was locked up in a meeting.
However acting Luanshya District commissioner Kasemuka Mwalo confirmed the incident and said the three pastors had been formally arrested in connection with the report made to the police. Ms. Mwalo said the pastors were yet to be identified but records on them indicated that they were affiliated to International Ministers Fellowship Churches (IMFAC).
She said the pastors in question have been accused of recruiting youths on pretext that they will be engaged in a referendum sensitization exercise.
She said the pastors are further accused of having been demanding K85 which the youths paid individually as recruitment fee.
Ms.Mwalo said the money was deposited in an account belonging to a man named as Apostle Nicola Mutenda who was their coordinator in Lusaka.
She said police were still investigating the case.
She has since urged youths not to be desperate but verify with her office before being engaged in any ventures.