Ex-Zambian president’s son jailed for stealing $843 phone

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A court in Zambia has sentenced the son of former president Frederick Chiluba to eight months imprisonment with hard labour for stealing a mobile phone.

Frederick Chiluba jr was convicted of stealing a Samsung S7 Edge, valued at $843, last year.

The court heard that Chiluba junior stole the device from a woman, Brenda Chisha, on 2 September 2017 and traded it for drugs in a notorious slum in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka.

Delivering judgement, Lusaka magistrate Nthandose Chabala said she handed Chiluba junior a custodial sentence as a deterrence to him and other would-be offenders.

She said she was satisfied that there was enough evidence connecting him to the theft of the phone, and the prosecution had proved its case beyond all reasonable doubt.

Chiluba senior, who ruled Zambia from 1991 to 2001, was prosecuted for alleged embezzlement in 2002 but acquitted after a six-year trial.

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