LUSAKA chief resident magistrate Kenneth Mulife has sentenced a 39-year-old businessman to three years imprisonment with hard labour for theft and attempting to obtain K250,000 by false pretences.
In this case, Clecious Kalulu attempted to obtain money by false pretence contrary to the Laws of Zambia. Allegations were that on July 25, 2014, Kalulu of Lusaka, jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown, with intent to deceive, attempted to obtain K250,000.00 cash from Mukela Mututwa by falsely pretending that they had a 70 metre by 50 metre plot for sale.
On the second count, Kalulu was convicted of theft contrary to Section 272 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia. It was alleged that during the same period, Kalulu, jointly and whilst acting together with other unknown persons, stole K230,000.00 cash from Mututwa.
When the accused and the plaintiff went to view the land in Ibex Hill area, they found the gate locked and then Mututwa said they needed to wait for his workmate to bring the keys.
The accused also refused to be paid by a cheque and wanted cash. The buyer then paid him K230,000.00 of the K250,000.00 and promised to pay the remaining amount later.
When sentencing him, magistrate Mulife said the offence of swindling people through fake land transactions was prevalent, adding that people should learn to work for their money.
Magistrate Mulife said he needed to punish Kalulu in order to deter would be offenders.