NDOLA businessman Terence Findlay yesterday reported former Minister of Defence George Mpombo to Ndola Central police station for issuing a cheque worth K10 million which could not be honoured at the bank.
Police Service spokesperson Bonny Kapeso confirmed this in an interview in Lusaka yesterday.
Mr Kapeso said the police opened the docket after Mr Findlay presented his case to the police.
“Yes, I can confirm that we opened the docket for Mr Mpombo after we received a complaint from the affected person,” Mr Kapeso said.
Earlier, police sources said Mr Mpombo issued a cheque on December 18, 2009 to Colwyn Limited of Ndola.
However, the cheque drawn on a bank in Lusaka could not be honoured.
Colwyn Limited’s chief accountant reported the matter to the police yesterday after Mr Mpombo allegedly failed to pay back the K10 million he borrowed from Mr Findlay.
But when contacted for a comment, Mr Mpombo confirmed having borrowed K10 million from Mr Findlay for repairing two of his tractors.
He said he was supposed to pay back Mr Findlay after a week but failed because people who bought domesticated animals from his farm did not pay him cash.
Mr Mpombo said he was surprised that Mr Findlay reported him to the police for issuing a cheque which had not been honoured.
He said he had promised to pay back the money as agreed with Mr Findlay, but experienced some hitches in his bank account.
“First of all, I am surprised that a person I have known for some time can do that to me. I did not refuse to pay the money. I borrowed the money to repair my two tractors. It’s only that I had a bit of a problem in my account,” Mr Mpombo said.
He said he had taken long to pay the K10 million because the people who bought his animals only paid him on Monday afternoon.
“I tried to call Mr Findlay this morning (Tuesday) but I was told that the matter was at the police and I immediately instructed my farm manager to withdraw K10 million and pay Mr Findlay,” Mr Mpombo said.
Mr Kapeso confirmed the case was withdrawn after Mr Mpombo paid Mr Findlay the K10 million.
[Zambia Daily Mail]