A CONGOLESE national in Lusaka’s Kanayama Compound has booked himself a free accomodations behind bars after he was nabbed by police for harassing community members under the guise of being an immigration officer.
Mathews Hope Sobanukaor of Maheba Refugee Camp claimed to be an immigration officer and targeted foreign business owners in Kanyama as a side hustle to cough up some easy cash.
Sobanuka allegedly harassed and threatened shopkeepers, using fake credentials and claiming they faced arrest for immigration violations.
He wore a black T-shirt and cape labeled “Immigration.”
Concerned community members alerted police, who swiftly apprehended Sobanuka on Friday.
He now faces charges of impersonation and will be formally arrested.
“We commend the community’s vigilance and cooperation,” said Police Public Relations Officer Rae Hamoonga who confirmed the incident.
“Working together ensures the safety and security of our community.”
By Moses Makwaya
Kalemba January 27, 2024