A Lusaka man who was recently arrested for masquerading as a medical doctor says he resorted to pretending as a medical doctor because he needed to feed his family.
Bonaventure Ng’uni, 25 of Lusaka’s George Compound told Journalists outside the Lusaka Magistrate Court shortly before he was sentenced to three and half years that he does not have a job and life is hard.
Magistrate Sheila Mweene convicted and sentenced Nguni to three and half years imprisonment with hard labour on four counts for impersonating a public officer, obtaining money by false pretences and obtaining goods by false pretences.
“ I have two children and my wife is six months pregnant and I don’t have a job, life is hard and I thought I could make some money by posing as a doctor. Infact I never even administered any treatment, I was just promising people and getting their money,” Nguni revealed.
He added, “I’m so sorry for my actions and I apologise to the nation. I was driven into this crooked life because of hardships.”
Facts of the matter are that Ng’uni this year masqueraded as medical Doctor at Levy Mwanawasa Hospital where he swindled unsuspecting members of the public on the pretext that he could offer express medical care.
Ng’uni also obtained two laptops from Peter Lemba of UNZA Ridgeway campus after duping that he would pay for the laptops but he never did.
Ng’uni admitted to all the four counts.
And in mitigation Ng’uni pleaded for leniency before the court as he had two children and a six months pregnant wife adding that he was the sole bread winner of his family.
But Magistrate Mweene told Ng’uni that he had insulted the medical profession by masquerading as medical practitioner and had caused a lot of damage to society and therefore deserved a custodial sentence.