Fredrick Chiluba junior, 33, is facing one count of theft for allegedly stealing a family friend Brenda Chisha’s Samsung S7 edge smartphone valued at K8,500 in September 2017.
During the hearing, Chisha told magistrate Nthandose Chabala that she met Chiluba in Woodlands around 18:00 hours on September 2, 2017 and he asked to use her phone.
“I have known him for years and it was an S7 so I gave him and he used it for two minutes then gave it back to me. About 10 minutes later, he came and asked to use the phone again and I gave him but he started moving further and further away from where we were. I then asked Isaac, who will be a witness to get my phone from him and that was the last time I saw the phone,” Chisha narrated.
The court heard that Chiluba Jr traded the phone for drugs in a notorious slum in Lusaka, Zambia's capital.
Delivering judgement, Lusaka magistrate Nthandose Chabala said she handed Chiluba Jr a custodial sentence as a deterrence to him and other would-be offenders, that 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 Snr ruled Zambia from 1991 to 2001 and was prosecuted for alleged embezzlement in 2002 but acquitted after a six-year trial.
In 2007, he was convicted of fraud by a London court and ordered to repay $58m in embezzled funds, but the ruling was never enforced in Zambia.