Police in Lusaka have re-arrested chairman of an organisation called ‘Friends of President Edgar Lungu’ Emmanuel Chilekwa and slapped him with fresh charges of obtaining pecuniary advantage and obtaining money by false pretences using the President Lungu’s name.
The Watchdog has been reporting that people surrounding Lungu are thieves and conmen of all colours and are going round swindling people in the name of Lungu. State House officials at State House have so far looted US$25 million meant for the expansion of the main airport in Zambia. But Lungu is unable to act on these criminals because he is linked to the scandal. One of the culprits has already announced that he shares the money with Lungu. See the report here
But Chilekwa who has been collecting small money and probably not giving ‘royalties’ to Lungu has been arrested.
Lusaka Province commissioner of police Charity Katanga said that Chilekwa was arrested on Wednesday.
Katanga said police have charged Chilekwa with six counts of obtaining money by false pretences and one count of obtaining pecuniary advantage by lodging at Chainama Hotel where he incurred a bill of K12,500.
“He allegedly obtained money between December 1 last year and January 20 this year from six different people, saying that the money was to be used for Lungu’s campaign,’ the police chief.
She urged all those who might have given Chilekwa money in the name of the President to report the matter to the police.
Last month, police arrested Chilekwa for allegedly obtaining K105,000 by false presences. Part of Chilekwa’s mistake was to differ with Emmanuel Mwamba. The Watchdog is reliably informed that it is Emmanuel Mwamba who reported Chilekwa to police.
Chilekwa’s other mistake was to get money but not share with president Lungu like his friends are doing. Brain Hapunda for example collected money from Zesco and other companies during the same period but he was sharing with Lungu so he is safe.