Western police warns public over counterfeit notes
Mongu, July 9, ZANIS……..Police in Western Province have appealed to the general public to be on the lookout for unknown people circulating counterfeit rebased notes in the Province.
Western Province Police Commissioner Fanwell Siandenge told ZANIS in Mongu today that last week on Tuesday police apprehended and arrested a 40 year old man of Mongu district for being in possession with Kr4, 500 and $1 US counterfeit notes.
Mr. Siandenge identified the man as Charles Mubita Munalula of Malengwa area of chief Libumbu in Kapona village.
He said the accused was arrested at Mongu black market at around 15:00 hours on Tuesday last week after a tip off from concerned taxi drivers he had been booking in town who went to complain to Mongu Central police station.
Mr. Siandenge stated that the notes were taken to Bank of Zambia for examination and a report revealed that the money was counterfeit.
He said the accused revealed that he came to the Province with a group of friends from Lusaka whom he said are on the run, adding that the group is targeting foreigners especially the Chinese.
Mr. Siandenge said Mr.Munalula appeared in court last week on Friday and pleaded guilty to the offence.
He added that police has also arrested Chris Mushimbei, a 25 years old man of Mungule village in Senanga district for being found with Kr200 counterfeit notes.
Mr. Siandenge said Mr.Mushimbei was arrested last week on Thursday after a Bank official in Senanga ZANACO Bank discovered that the money which was being deposited on his behalf was counterfeit notes.
He has since appealed to the public in the Province especially businessmen to be careful with conmen who want to do business using counterfeit money and quickly report them to police.