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Man loses K1.7 million in botched business deal

JACK ZIMBA, Lusaka
A FOREIGN national with investment interests in Zambia has accused police of delaying investigations in a case of fraud involving a local businessman in which he lost about K1.7 million.
Ahmed Abdullahi said he is still waiting for justice in a case whose investigations have taken over three years.
At the centre of the alleged fraud case is Muktar Omar, who runs an oil-marketing company and transportation business.
“All I want is justice, why should it take so long when there is enough evidence?” said Mr Abdullahi, who lives in London, UK.
He wonders why Mr Omar has not been brought to book by the police despite the evidence levelled against him.
On Friday, the Human Rights and Amnesty (HRA), which has been helping Mr Abdullahi with his case, wrote a letter to Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo seeking intervention in the matter.
The letter comes after one which was earlier written to Inspector-General of Police Kakoma Kanganja by the rights body expressing concern over the delay in investigations.
In the letter, dated August 3, 2016, the HRA brought out a number of allegations against Mr Omar and urged the police to quicken investigations into the allegations.
The HRA also recommended to the Immigration Department that Mr Omar be prevented from leaving the country until he is cleared of all allegations.
And an investigator dealing with the case said investigations will be concluded next week.
When contacted by phone, Mr Omar, who is currently in Dubai, said he was aware of the allegations levelled against him but could not talk about the case until he returned to Zambia.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said she is not aware of the case.
According to Mr Abdullahi, he decided to set up business in Zambia in 2013 and used Mr Omar as contact person.
By then, Mr Omar was said to have been running a company called Continental Oil Limited, which he inherited from his late father, but recently went into voluntary liquidation following financial challenges.
Mr Abdullahi managed to register a company called Qalib Transport Limited, operating two filling stations.
But while the business flourished, Mr Omar was allegedly having access to the income, various bank records show.
Mr Abdullahi alleged he was on September 6, 2015, abducted and detained for over 24 hours.
And police records show that Mr Omar has been interrogated on similar charges before.

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