Police in Ndola have arrested former Defence minister George Mpombo for allegedly issuing a K10 million cheque on an insufficiently funded account to a local businessperson Terence Findlay, according to the Times of Zambia.
Police spokesperson Bonny Kapeso said he was not aware of the arrest but Mr Mpombo confirmed the development in an interview yesterday.
Mr Mpombo said he was taken to Ndola Central police station in the company of his lawyer Bonaventure Mutale.
Police who charged Mr Mpombo with issuing a bounced cheque on an account which had insufficient funds, later released him on police bond and will appear in court on Friday this week.
“I was called in by the police sometime last week to appear before the Ndola Central police which I did today after my lawyer flew in from Lusaka,” Mr Mpombo said.
He said the police informed him that they had received instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) chambers to effect the arrest.
On January 5 this year, a Ndola firm, Colwyn Ltd reported Mr Mpombo to police for issuing a K10 million cheque to the company which was dishonoured by the bank.
Mr Mpombo told the Times that he used the cheque to pay back the K10 million which he borrowed from Colwyn Ltd owned by Mr Findlay.
He later paid the amount after the matter was reported to the police.