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Police charge Chanda with 160 counts of obtaining money by false pretences

UNITED Peace and Prosperous leader Charles Chanda and his daughter, Esther, were arrested yesterday at the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court after the court adjourned plea in a matter he is facing 122 counts of obtaining money by false pretenses.

Chanda and his daughter were arrested by the police in relation to 160 counts of obtaining money by false pretenses.

According to police spokesperson Esther Katongo, Chanda and his daughter were arrested at the court premises for warn and cautioned over 160 counts of obtaining money by false pretences.

“This is a matter where unsuspecting members of the public paid for pieces of land which the suspect advertised to have been on sale, however, did not avail to them,” Katongo said.

Earlier, in a civil matter, Chanda and his daughter of house number 1195 Chadleigh, have been dragged to court on allegations that they failed to deliver plots near airport road in Chongwe to the intended purchasers.

When the matter came up for plea, the UPPZ leader, who is jointly charged with his daughter, denied obtaining over K250,000 in twenty counts.

Chanda and his daughter pleaded not guilty to charges of obtaining money by false pretenses before Lusaka magistrate Alice Walusiku.

The duo took plea after magistrate Walusiku refused to adjourn plea owing to the number of the charges.

The accused’s lawyer made an application that the matter be adjourned as he did to have time to engage his clients adding that it would be unfair to subject them to things they do not understand as they were appearing in court for the first time and they would know what taking plea meant.

The prosecutions objected to the application by the defence, stating that the accused were served the court process on September 30 this year and that their advocates acknowledged receipt on October 3, which showed that they had time to engage.

They insisted that the accused take plea as the matter was not proceeding into trial.

In her ruling, magistrate Walusiku ordered that the accused take plea as the charges were overwhelming and possible plea would be taken in four days.

The matter comes up on October 10.

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