By Christopher Chisi
The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested two small-scale farmers for drug offences involving over 1.5 tons of cannabis plants, contrary to the laws of Zambia.
Those arrested include Moses Kapeya, 42, a small-scale farmer of Chibansa Village in Mpika of Muchinga Province for unlawful cultivation of cannabis plants weighing 1.24 tons planted along a stream in the area.
Also arrested is Danny Muteba, 22, a small-scale farmer of Samapimbi Village in North-Western Province for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 520 Kilograms which was intercropped with groundnuts.
Meanwhile the Commission in Lusaka has arrested three people at a named telecommunication company for money laundering activities involving over K 500, 000.
DEC Deputy Public Relations Officer Kamufisa Manchishi has confirmed the development to 5fm news today.
Manchishi says the three, who are identified as Phidelis Beenzu Chiboola, 38, a treasury officer of Plot 411/5 A, Mapepe in Chilanga, Ebbie Kadantu, 42, a Compliance and Tax officer of Plot 30332 off Shantumbu Road, Joel Mufuzi, 42, an accountant of Plot 12712, Chalala, have been charged with stealing by clerk and servant as well as money laundering, contrary to the laws of Zambia.
He says particulars of the offence are that Phidelis Beenzu Chiboola, between 1st January, 2016 and 31st December, 2016, whilst acting together with other persons unknown stole money belonging to the company amounting to K 336, 235.05 with intent to permanently deprive the institution while the suspect between the same dates, acting with persons unknown, did create fraudulent payments to unregistered suppliers and obtained the funds which he used for personal gain.
Manchishi indicates that between the same dates and acting together with Ebbie Kadantu, Joel Mufuzi, and other persons unknown, Phidelis Beenzu Chiboola did create fraudulent payments amounting to K 206, 591.36 masked as a known registered supplier when in fact the payment was uploaded to a different bank account number of an unregistered supplier and the funds were used by the trio for personal benefit.
Manchishi says the Commission has since seized three houses as suspected proceeds of crime while the suspects will appear in court soon.