A MAN of Lusaka who posed as an officer from the Zambia Police Service crack squad C5 and got money from different people promising them jobs has appeared in Lusaka Magistrates’ Court charged with impersonating a police officer.
Luckson Mwambazi obtained over K8,000 from different people in his operation to “recruit” officers to the Zambia Police Service.
Mwambazi, a 49-year-old businessman of Lusaka’s new Chawama area is facing 14 counts of obtaining money by false pretenses.
A waitress told the court that she was swindled out of her K2000 by Mwambazi who told her that he was an officer from the C5 promising her a job in the Zambia police.
The witness, Namonga Zulu testifying before Lusaka Magistrate Victoria Chitulangoma, said she gave Mwambazi a sum of K2020 on different occasions after he requested that she sends him the money.
The 25-year-old narrated that on April 1, 2019 Mwambazi, introduced himself to her as a C5 senior officer and that he needed to recruit 10 people.
Zulu said due to her desperation for a job she believed Mwambazi because he posessed a Zambia police identification card and gave him photocopies of her credentials and that of her young brother.
The waitress said the accused asked for a K600 and asked her to trust him as she would soon be employed.
“Later, I gave him a K400 claiming it was for medicals and fingerprints for my brother and myself, a few days later he came to ask for K140 meant for boots and promised everything was in place,” Zulu testified.
She further testified that on a later date, Mwambazi demanded for a K390 and explained that a K250 was to carter for accommodation and a K140 for acceptance letters into the police service.
Zulu said she told the accused that she was not going to give him any money until she was admitted as a trainee at Lilayi police college and her brother to be admitted at Sondela according to his promise.
Zulu further narrated that after she told the fake police