13 November 2012

Zambia: Ndola Pastor Denies Obtaining Money By False Pretences

A PASTOR yesterday appeared in a Kitwe Magistrate's Court for allegedly obtaining money by false pretences when he pretended to own a nursing school.

Tulipo Mwenefumbo of Christian Ministers Church in Ndola is charged with eight counts of allegedly obtaining various amounts of money between June 2011 and August 25, this year.

In the first count, it is alleged that Mwenefumbo obtained K15, 640,000 from Chikwanda Mwale by falsely pretending that he had a college offering a nursing course when not while in the second and third counts, he allegedly obtained K6,190,000 and K5,940,000 from Ireen Musonda and Grace Masanyinga, respectively.

In the fourth and fifth counts, Mwenefumbo allegedly obtained K2,840,000 from Moses Chomba and K2,740,000 from Betty Musamba.

It is alleged in the sixth count that the accused obtained K4,440,000 from Jackson Chishala while in the seventh and eighth counts, he allegedly obtained K3,640,000 from Ian Mkandawire and K3,990,000 from Griance Changwe.

Mwenefumbo appeared before Magistrate Daniel Musonda and denied the charges.

After taking plea, Mwenefumbo informed the court that the complainants had allegedly stolen mattresses and library books from the institution and that police officers informed him that they could not open dockets against their witnesses.

He said justice should prevail in the matter and that the court should assist him by instructing police officers to open dockets against the complainants.

But the court advised Mwenefumbo to report to the relevant authority because the court did not supervise police officers.

The matter comes on December 7 for trial.

In another matter, two men that allegedly took turns in raping a 35-year-old woman were denied bail by a Kitwe Magistrate's Court.

Magistrate Maxwell Mainsa denied Robert Kasongo, 43, and Baron Katupisha, 20, who were accused of raping the woman on October 11 this year.

In denying them bail, Mr Mainsa said even though the offence was bailable, he was inclined to deny them considering the gravity of the punishment when one was found guilty.

He said it would be difficult to locate the two if they did not abide by the bail conditions.

The matter comes up on November 23 for trial.

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