The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested an Accountant and a Registry Clerk from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Chilanga Fisheries, for money laundering offences involving over KR 700,000.
According to a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today by DEC Public Relations Officer (PRO) Samuel Silomba, the duo are Brilliant Emmanuel Mushima, 46, an Accountant of House No. 6626 Mbere Road Olympia Park and Mwelwa Golda Malipilo, 33, a Registry Clerk of Kafue district who have been arrested and jointly charged with forgery, uttering of false documents, theft and money laundering.
Mr Silomba said particulars of the offence are that Mr Malipilo between 1 st January, 2011 and 15th December, 2012, jointly and whilst acting together with Mr Mushima and other persons unknown with intent to defraud the government did steal cash amounting to K776, 891,100 (KR776, 891.10) being collections of sale of fishing licences at Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Chilanga fisheries.
He further said the two suspects did generate fake Indo Zambia Bank cash deposit receipts and Indo Zambia bank stamp which they used to stamp original Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) cash deposit slips for Ministry of Finance Revenue Transit Account purporting that the said money was deposited when in fact not.
And in Nakonde, the commission has arrested a 32 year-old Tanzanian national, Ahmed Maulidi Fungafunga, for trafficking in heroin.
Mr Silomba said Mr Fungafunga has been arrested for trafficking in 21 pellets of heroin weighing 295g and was apprehended at the Nakonde customs yard on a Zimbabwe bound bus.
Meanwhile, the commission has in the last five days arrested more than ninety (90) people countrywide for cultivating and trafficking in various quantities of cannabis weighing over five (5) tonnes.
The DEC PRO disclosed that among those arrested are Ignatius Chimbwama, 34, a peasant farmer of Shafilundu area in Solwezi for cultivating 3.2 tonnes of cannabis and Jacob Dennis Ganga, 71, a peasant farmer of Nabuyunji village in Mumbwa district for cultivating 1.280 tonnes of cannabis.
Mr Silomba said the suspects will appear in court soon.