When the market was a little rough, people bought items at a pawn shop in Nzanda
It’s the middle of October in Ngorongoro province and there’s a man sitting in a small shop.
He’s just got his new car in the trunk.
He tells me about how he found the car.
The dealer was down in Nkonasala, a small town near the border with Zambia, and they sold him the car a few weeks before Christmas.
The car was a red Lamborghini.
It was an expensive car.
It needed a lot of work.
The mechanic gave him the keys and the keys were his.
And the next day, the mechanic brought in the parts to fix it.
He brought them back in the same day, so the car was working.
“I bought the car at the pawn shop because I wanted to give it a good look, but it was a bit rusty,” he says.
“The mechanics told me it would take two to three months to get it back to the original condition.”
The mechanic says he was amazed when he saw that the car is in perfect working order.
“My first thought was, ‘What the heck?'” he says, recalling the day he picked up the car, and what he saw inside.
The original parts inside the car were original, and it was in perfect condition.
He didn’t even need to work on it, but he did.
But then, things started to get a little weird.
The engine was missing and the dashboard was missing.
And it looked like the doors had been opened.
“So I started looking for the parts and found that the dashboard had been open,” he recalls.
“It was really weird.”
He decided to take the car to the pawnshop and fix it himself.
The parts are the same, so they’re interchangeable.
But the mechanic was so impressed by the car that he gave it back.
The buyer paid $50 and bought it back from him, so it was on the market for $100.
The seller wanted $120 and gave it to him for $120.
That’s where the scam comes in.
“But there was something else that made it really hard for me to sell,” the mechanic says.
He had a friend who was a salesman at a jewellery shop who asked him to take a look at the car for a little while.
He did, and the parts were the same.
He went to the car and started looking around for the seller’s name, but there wasn’t any.
The owner of the shop is now facing charges of theft and fraudulent use of an instrument.
He is due to appear in court on Friday.
The scam comes as Zambia struggles with a booming diamond trade, which is a lucrative industry, and is now one of the fastest-growing in Africa.
But this time, the diamond scam appears to have been more than a simple car repair.
It’s also the theft of a valuable asset that could have made the buyer much wealthier.
“That’s just a really sad story,” says Nkomu Tshaba, the provincial director of the national Anti-Corruption Commission.
“We don’t want this happening in the future.”
He says the car owner’s name is still being kept a secret.