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Trader found with case for possessing counterfeit K50 notes

SHIKANDA KAWANGA, Livingstone
A 47-YEAR-OLD businessman of Lusaka’s Chawama township has been found with a case to answer in the Livingstone magistrate court for being in possession of counterfeit K50 notes amounting to K600.
Appearing before magistrate Naomi Sithole on Monday was Joseph Sinyangwe who was facing one count of possessing counterfeit notes.
Particulars of the offence are that Sinyangwe on December 23 last year bought groceries at Maramba market from different shops using counterfeit notes.
Facts before court are that Sinyangwe on the material day, bought groceries using K50 notes from different shops whilst keeping the change he was given.
Sinyangwe produced the counterfeit notes in all the shops he bought from until the last shop of the complainant Sharon Zimba where he bought rice for K5.
Zimba discovered that Sinyangwe produced a counterfeit K50 note and alerted other shop owners who apprehended Zimba and took him to Libuyu Police Station.
Police officers conducted a body search and discovered four K50 notes in his pockets.
Police officers later sent the counterfeit notes to the Bank of Zambia for verification and the report confirmed that the notes were counterfeit.
Sinyangwe pleaded guilty to the charge.
The matter was adjourned to February 29 for sentencing.