PRESIDENT Michael Sata has warned mining firms to be wary of unscrupulous people obtaining money and masquerading as his representatives.
Investigative wings have since been directed to pursue the fraudsters and ensure they were arrested.
"The Presidency wishes to caution mining firms on the Copperbelt to be wary of unscrupulous persons that are obtaining money whilst masquerading as representatives of His Excellency, President Michael Sata," State House Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations, George Chellah said in a statement in Lusaka yesterday.
State House reacted following numerous reports and complaints reaching the Presidency concerning fraudsters that were obtaining money or some other benefits by calculated deception from emerald mines.
This is amidst claims that were sent by the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and President Sata in particular.
"State House firmly states that President Sata can never send an individual to undertake such a deceitful task, and does not intend to do so now or in future.
"Furthermore, our word of caution to those behind this disgraceful, crooked and irresponsible behaviour is for them to stop at once before they meet the penalty of their deeds.
President Sata has therefore urged the police and other law enforcement agencies to ensure that the culprits were brought to book.