Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Former president's son sentenced to 8 months in jail after he was found guilty of stealing Samsung S7 Edge mobile phone

The son of Zambia's second republic President Frederick Chiluba was on Wednesday, May 16, sentenced to eight months imprisonment with hard labour for stealing a mobile phone by the Lusaka Magistrate Court, Lusaka Times reports. Frederick Chiluba Jr, a retired ZAF officer who graduated in 2014 was convicted of stealing a Samsung S7 edge, valued at K8, 500 from Chisha, on September 2, 2017 and traded it for drug in Chibolya. 

Chisha in her testimony, told magistrate Chabala that she met Chiluba in Woodlands on September 2, 2017 and he asked to use her phone. “I have known him for years and it was an S7 so I gave him and he used it for two minutes then gave it back to me. About 10 minutes later, he came and asked to use the phone again and I gave him but he started moving further and further away from where we were. I then asked Isaac, who will be a witness to get my phone from him and that was the last time I saw the phone.” “On Sunday he was caught and taken to Kabwata Police. When I asked him where the phone was, he said he had forgotten it somewhere.

That same day, the uncle came and assured me that they would buy me another phone,” Chisha said. Chisha suggested that she wanted to withdraw the case as they were family friends but magistrate Chabala ordered that she would proceed to hear the witnesses. Chiluba in his defence, denied stealing the phone and insisted that he returned it to the complainant. He recounted that on the material day, he was having drinks with Chisha at Mommas Pub in Woodlands when he asked to use her phone to call his uncle because his phone had gone off. Lusaka Magistrate Nthandose Chabala delivering judgement said she handed Chiluba Jr a custodial sentence as a deterrence to him and other would-be offenders.

By Mercy Kukah

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