In what is a rare occurrence in Africa, the son of a former president in Zambia will cool his heels in prison for eight months for stealing a mobile phone.
Frederick Chiluba Jr, son of the country’s former leader Frederick Chiluba, was found guilty of stealing a Samsung S7 edge, which was valued at $843 (about N307,000), last year.
Chiluba Jr was said to have dispossessed a woman, Brenda Chisha, of the mobile device on September 2, 2017. The court heard that he traded the device for drugs in a notorious slum in Lusaka.
The convict’s father ruled Zambia from 1991 to 2001 and his administration was embroiled in corruption allegations. Chiluba’s immunity from prosecution was subsequently lifted after he left office.