Police finally nab tour operator who swindled Italian tourist

The Drug Enforcement commission (DEC) has arrested  Clifford Zulu, director of Travel Centre for money laundering activities involving over K30 million.

DEC spokesperson John Nyawali has disclosed that  Zulu was on the run for a long time but he was finally arrested from the Lusaka International Airport.

34-year old Zulu, a resident of Libala stage three laundered the money which was sent to him by foreign tourists to help them secure hotel accommodation in Zambia.

One of the tourists he tricked is Roberto Tartaglia, an Italian who has even written to president Rupiah Banda complaining of the con-artist.

Nyawali said Zulu was found at the Airport where he was trying to dupe other tourists and he is currently detained in Police Custody.

Nyawali said Zulu was running a travel consultancy firm and used it to dupe a number of tourists who got stranded when they came to Zambia.

He was reported to the Drug Enforcement Commission by the Zambia National Tourists Board who received a lot of complaints about Zulu’s conduct.

Meanwhile, the Kitwe Magistrate Court has convicted two directors of a private company and an employee of Konkola Copper Mines for money laundering activities involving over K500 million.

Nathan Mumba and Justine Lombe both Directors of Finance and Administration respectively at LONSA Enterprises LTD were convicted together with Justine Kalonde a Computer Clerk at Konkola Copper Mines after being found guilty of defrauding KCM a total of K522 million.

The two directors were sentenced to one and half years imprisonment with hard labour while the Computer Clerk was sentenced to three years with hard labour.

The trio was arrested by the Drug Enforcement Commission for defrauding KCM by purporting to have supplied some mining equipment to KCM when in fact not.

The three using LONSA Enterprises LTD faked the supply of spares of mining equipment to KCM by filling an invoice and delivery note to procurement system of the company, monies which were paid and later shared among the three through various cheque withdrawals into their names.

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