THE son of a former Zambian president was yesterday sentenced to eight months behind bars with hard labour for stealing a cellphone.

According to Lusaka Times, Frederick Chiluba Junior (34) was bust on 2 September 2017 for stealing Brenda Chisha’s Samsung S7 Edge, valued at K8 500 (about R10 600). They had been having drinks at Mommas Pub in Lusaka.

He then traded the phone for drugs in a different suburb of Lusaka.

During his trial at the Lusaka Magistrates Court, Chisha said: “I have known him for years so I gave him my phone to use 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 it to 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.

“On Sunday he was caught and taken to Kabwata Police. When I asked him where the phone was, he said he had forgotten it somewhere.”

Chiluba, who is a retired Zambian Air Force officer, denied the charges.

But Magistrate Nthandose Chabala said she was satisfied that the prosecution had proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt.

His dad, Frederick Chiluba, was the second President of Zambia from 1991 to 2002. His term of office were tainted by charges of corruption, and he was found guilty in a British court in 2007 of stealing $46 million (about R576 million) of public money.

His love for fancy clothes was revealed during his trials. According to The Guardian, 11 metal trunks were discovered in a warehouse by Zambian anti-corruption officials. They were crammed with hundreds of designer suits, ties, silk pyjamas, dressing gowns, and shirts and shoes that had Chiluba’s initials on them.

Despite being found guilty, he was acquitted by a Zambian judge in 2009 and never served time in jail.

He died in 2011 aged 68.