Witness narrates how he arrested fake Kwacha suspects

A State witness has told a Lusaka Magistrates Court that he arrested and charged two men of Lusaka after he found them  with K 2,941 counterfeit  notes without any lawful authority.

This is a case in which Friday Muma and Mulenga Simwinza are charged with one count of possessing K 2,941 counterfeit notes contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Quinty Chanda, 38, an investigations officer  with the Drug Enforcement Commision (DEC), told the court that the two men were arrested after he was tipped that they had fake notes and were about to exchange them at Mike’s carwash along Kafue road.

Mr Chanda said DEC officers went to Castle Police Post where they picked an informer who led them to Mike’s carwash to identify the suspects. He said while driving to Mike’s carwash the informer called Muma and Simwinza on his mobile who told him that they were on their way to the car wash.

Mr Chanda said when they arrived at the car wash,a few minutes later the suspects arrived in a Toyota Corrola car, one of them carrying a black school bag. He said he approached Muma and Simwinza who tried to escape but the officers managed to apprehend them. When they opened the bag they found the  K 2,941  notes. At the DEC offices Muma told the officers that the money belonged to a lady called Mercy Simasiku and that she was a trader at Lusaka City Market.

Mr Chanda said Muma led a team of officers to City Market where they found Ms Simasiku and apprehended her. He said Ms Simasiku denied ownership of the notes and said it was her first time to see them. Magistrates Albert Mwaba adjourned the case to a later date. In another development a 26-year-old second lieutenant in the Zambia Air Force accused of having unlawful carnal knowledge of his sister has appeared in the Lusaka Magistrates Court. Langson Sinkala of ZAF’s Twin Palm base, was arrested and charged for the offence of incest contrary to the laws of Zambia.  Particulars of the offence are that Sinkala is on September 9, 2014 alleged to have had carnal knowledge of his sister Gwendolyn Sainiziba.

However, Sinkala did not take plea as the trial court was still waiting for instructions from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).  Sinkala has been granted bail in the sum of k 5000 in his own recognizance after he made a bail application. Magistrate Betty Malupenga