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Fake Esther Lungu nabbed

NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
A 38-year-old man of Lusaka has been arrested for allegedly extorting money from unsuspecting people under the pretext that he was from the Esther Lungu Foundation Trust (ELFT) when in fact not.
Both police spokesperson Esther Katongo and ELFT programmes co-ordinator Mildred Chumbwe confirmed the development in separate interviews yesterday.
Ms Katongo said Evans Chisha of Garden House, the director of People Concern Foundation of Zambia, has been charged with obtaining money by false pretences.
She said Mr Chisha engaged four women and one man who were going round in markets and homes of vulnerable people collecting funds as the grounds for them to benefit from ELFT programmes.
Ms Katongo said the ELFT gave Mr Chisha a certificate of registration for his organisation to operate in Mporokoso but that he decided to use the same certificate to extort money from unsuspecting Lusaka residents.
“The certificate of registration is for Mporokoso but the suspect decided to come to Lusaka and engaged women to issue forms and get money from vulnerable people ranging from K30 to K50,” she said.
Ms Katongo said the unsuspecting people were being told that his organisation had been engaged by the ELFT to collect money from them.
She said six people were initially arrested but that five were released after it was established that they were just being sent by Mr Chisha.
And Ms Chumbwe said the six were arrested on Friday in Kafue.
Ms Chumbwe described the development as unfortunate.
“It is unfortunate that unscrupulous individuals are taking advantage of people’s vulnerability to extort money from them,” she said.



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