• John Mwendapole and his wife Esther Namfukwe have been jointly charged for obtaining money by false pretenses.
• They collected K1, 392, 000 from members of the public disguised as payments towards contract farming.
• Gloryland did not own or lease any farms wherein such agricultural activities could be carried out.
Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested a Director and employee of Gloryland Connections Limited for fraud and money laundering involving over K1 million.
Commission Public Relations Officer Hussein Khan identified the suspects as John Mwendapole 48, and his wife Esther Namfukwe 35, who have been jointly charged for obtaining money by false pretenses, providing banking services, financial business or financial services without a license, Possession of Property Suspected of Being Proceeds of Crime, and Money Laundering.
Mr. Khan explained that the couple jointly and whilst acting together with other unknown people, between 15th September, 2022 and 5th September, 2023, in Kabwe, collected K1, 392, 000 from members of the public disguised as payments towards contract farming.
“Particulars of the matter are that Mwendapole aged 48 and Namfukwe aged 35 being a director and employee respectively of Gloryland Connections Limited jointly and whilst acting together with others unknown on dates unknown but between 15th September, 2022 and 5th September, 2023, in Kabwe collected money from members of the public amounting to K1,392,000 disguised as payments towards contract farming by purporting that Gloryland would produce, grow and market broilers, village chickens, pigs and chili for the clients for periods ranging from 12 weeks to 14 months when in fact not.”
“In addition, Gloryland did not own or lease any farms wherein such agricultural activities could be carried out,” Mr. Khan explained.
He added that in the course of investigations, the Commission seized K46, 000 and two motor vehicles, while the couple has been released on bond and will appear in court soon.
Meanwhile, Mr. Khan revealed that the Commission has arrested two Lusaka scientists for trafficking in111 grams of cannabis.
“Nsoni Mpulamasaka aged 38 and Musenga Ngambi aged 27 have been jointly charged for trafficking in Psychotropic Substances namely 111 grams of cannabis contrary to section 15 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act number 35 of 2021 of the Laws of Zambia. They are detained in lawful custody and will appear in court soon,” he said.
He expressed concern over the mushrooming of money circulation schemes commonly known as ponzi or pyramid schemes in the country.
“In this vein, the Commission is calling on members of the public to exercise the utmost caution as well as do the necessary due diligence when it comes to matters of investments. Money circulation schemes promise Heaven on Earth but they are all about hubris and deceit and the public should always bear in mind that not all that glitters is gold.”