Ex-Zambian leader's son jailed for stealing phone

Wednesday May 16 2018

A court in Zambia sentenced the son of former

A court in Zambia sentenced the son of former President Frederick Chiluba to eight months imprisonment with hard labour for stealing a mobile phone. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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A court in Zambia has sentenced the son of former President Frederick Chiluba to eight months imprisonment with hard labour for stealing a mobile phone.

Frederick Chiluba Jr was convicted of stealing a Samsung S7 edge, valued at $843 last year.

The court heard that Chiluba Jr stole the device from a woman, Ms Brenda Chisha, on September 2, 2017 and traded it for drugs in a notorious slum in Zambia's capital, Lusaka.

Custodial sentence

Delivering judgement today, Lusaka magistrate Nthandose Chabala said she handed Chiluba Jr a custodial sentence as a deterrence to him and other would-be offenders.

She said she was satisfied that there was enough evidence connecting him to the theft of the phone, and the prosecution had proved its case beyond all reasonable doubt.

Chiluba Snr ruled Zambia from 1991 to 2001. He was dogged by corruption allegations, leading to his immunity from prosecution being lifted after he left office.

Embezzled funds

He was prosecuted for alleged embezzlement in 2002 but acquitted after a six-year trial.

In 2007, he was convicted of fraud by a London court and ordered to repay $58m in embezzled funds, but the ruling was never enforced in Zambia.