POLICE in Chief Mununga's area in Chiengi District have arrested a man for being in possession of fake money making machine and other materials.
Luapula Province police chief Joseph Mutale identified the suspect as Crauds Mununga aged 37 of Lubuto Township in Ndola.
Mr Mutale said Mununga decided to travel to a rural part of the country where he allegedly wanted to start making fake Kwacha notes, after the rebased currency was unveiled.
Police officers were alerted by members of the public and swiftly picked Mununga and seized his contraband.
The suspect was currently detained at Mununga Police post as officers were carrying out further investigations to ascertain if there were some accomplices in the botched deal.
He said Mununga was picked on Sunday and that he would soon be moved to Nchelenge where he was expected to appear in court.
"I can confirm with you that officers in Chief Mununga's area in Chiengi District have picked up a man who was found with a fake money making machine and some other materials that they use in making fake the money. This man travelled from Ndola and came to Mununga where he wanted to start his illegal activities.
"We are on full alert to ensure that such activities do not happen despite being in a rural area," he warned
He called on members of the general public in all rural communities of that region to be wary of any suspicious money especially after the currency was rebased.
Meanwhile, police and two peace corps volunteers have been robbed of 20 000 Kenyan Shillings in Samfya.
The incident happened around 02:30 hours on Sunday when thieves attacked the two American men in their room at a lodge.