A 37-year-old businessman of Kalingalinga Township on Tuesday pleaded guilty in the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court to tresspassing at Financial Intelligent Centre (FIC) offices with intent to annoy.

Lusaka magistrate Nthandose Chabala, however, entered a plea of not guilty after the suspect explained that a security guard allowed him to enter the premises.

In this matter, John Mwansa is charged with one count of criminal tresspass contrary to section 306(a) of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

Particulars of the offence allege that on June 22, this year in Lusaka, Mwansa unlawfully entered upon the premises of FIC with intent to annoy.

And when the matter came up before magistrate Chabala, Mwansa admitted the charge but explained that he was allowed to enter the premises by a security officer.

The accused added that he even signed in the visitors book.

Magistrate Chabala, however, entered a plea of not guilty after hearing the explanation and adjourned the matter to August 9 for commencement of trial.

It is alleged that on Saturday, June 22, this year, Mwansa went to FIC offices in Kabulonga and passed through the security check point where he was screened and cleared to go through.

He then went in the centre where he found a man whom he told that God had shown him an Island which was rich in minerals.

Mwansa told the man that he was looking for people to escort him to the same Island so that he could show it to the nation, so that Zambia can be rich.