FORMER LANDS COMMISSIONER WITH MULTIPLE CASES OF FRAUD JAILED
…..Lawyer with multiple cases of eating and squandering dead people’s benefits jailed….
●Lusaka lawyer Nathaniel Inambao has been jailed for twelve months together with his legal assistant over forgery of a dead man’s Will.
● Nathaniel Inambao is also in another court accused of stealing K800,000, the benefits of a deceased person, Namunji Poloto, who was an employee of Zesco.
●In another case, Nathaniel Inambao has been sued by his client, Howard Cooke, in the Lusaka High Court for squandering costs amounting to US$14,000 dollars.
● On 22nd October 2021, the Law Association of Zambia, Legal Practioners Committee finally suspended Inambao from legal practice and barred him from filing any court papers and from appearing before any courts of law or tribunal.
THE case in which Lusaka lawyer Nathaniel Inambao is jointly charged with a legal assistant over forgery of a dead man’s Will has been jailed for twelve months.
Inambao, who is also former Commissioner of Lands, was jointly charged with Mubanga Chibonga for forging a dead man’s Will
It is alleged that between January 26, 2018 and June 30, 2018, with intent to deceive or defraud, Inambao and Chibonga jointly forged the Will for the late Dominic Chimfwembe and uttered it to his widow Carol Musonda whom the latter had married after divorcing his first wife Beauty Kafwimbi.
Lusaka Magistrate Judith Chiyayika that Inambao has since forfeited the Will, which was nullified by the Lusaka High Court in 2021.
Meanwhile, Nathaniel Inambao is also accused of stealing a dead man’s benefits was recently detained at Ridgeway police station after his bail was revoked.
In this case, Inambao, aged 56, of Lusaka West is charged with one count of theft by agent. It is alleged that on March 20 last year in Lusaka, Inambao was instructed to pursue the benefit of the deceased, Namunji Poloto, who was an employee of Zesco.
Inambao in the process allegedly stole K880, 000 cash which he was entrusted to pay or deliver to Willie Mulemwa being the deceased’s personal representative. He however pleaded not guilty to the charge.
During trial, Inambao absconded two court sittings of March 22 and March 29, 2021 prompting the court to issue a bench warrant against him. When the matter came up yesterday, Inambao, who appeared before Magistrate Mwaka Mikalile told the court that he had absconded the two sittings because he went to South Africa and his passport had been stolen. Inambao told the court that he reported the theft to police but did not produce the same to court. He told the court that the passport was however found and he presented it to the court.
After his explanation, one of his sureties informed the court that he was withdrawing from being the accused’s surety and the court granted the application. Inambao then asked Ms Mikalile to grant him bail in the interest of justice and that the offence he was facing was bailable.
He was granted a K5, 000 cash bail and also ordered to provide two sureties who would be bound in the sum of K50, 000 each but in their own recognition. Ms Mikalile said Inambao would be in detention until such a time when he would meet the bail conditions.
In another case, Nathaniel Inambao has been sued by his client Howard Cooke in the Lusaka High Court for squandering costs amounting to US$14,000 dollars (K 246,346.21) which was deposited into his account.
Cooke wants the court to compel Inambao to pay him the money with interest and damages.
According to his statement of claim, Cooke said sometime in 2014 he engaged Inambao to represent him under cause No. 2014/HP/14/54 and consequently enjoyed client-lawyer relationship.
Inambao was fired by President Levy Mwanawasa as Lands Commissioner in 2003 over huge land scandals that rocked the Ministry of Lands after he assumed office in September 2002.
Only 12 months imprisonment for forgery by a lawyer? The judge-in-charge should review the sentence and increase it to at least 5 yrs. A lawyer is an officer of the court and a potential judge.