Police arrest ‘Cornelius Mweetwa’ in Kalulushi
POLICE have busted a man of Kalulushi on the Copperbelt who had been offering jobs and seeking bribes while posing as Southern Province Minister Cornelius Mweetwa on Facebook.
The 28-year man who is a former employee of ZAFFICO has been identified as Terry Chilambwe of NAPSA Complex in Kalulushi District.
ZANIS reports that Chilambwe was arrested in Kalulushi after a joint operation involving Zambia Police Service and Zambia Information and Communication Authority (ZICTA).
According to Southern Province Police Commanding Officer, Alfred Nawa, the accused opened a Facebook page purporting to be Southern Province Minister, Cornelius Mweetwa between August 2021 and May 2022 and used the platform to advertise fake youth empowerment programmes and employment opportunities.
Nawa said the accused impersonated Mweetwa and demanded that people should transfer unspecified sums of money to his account in exchange of fake employment and empowerment opportunities.
Further, Nawa explained that the accused has been charged for impersonation and theft.
The Commanding Officer further said the joint team is still conducting investigations in the matter to ensure that all those connected to the scam are brought to book.
The suspect who is a former ZAFFICO employee is in police custody awaiting court appearance.
And Mr. Nawa has urged the public to be vigilant and alert of scamming activities especially those engineered through social media.
He has further advised the public to make additional verifications and authenticate any catchy adverts before making payments of any kind to avoid falling victim to scammers.