Govt destroys counterfeit money in Chipata

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— The Department of Judiciary in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) in Chipata has disposed of counterfeit Zambian Kwacha and United States Dollar notes, including several kilograms of Marijuana.

The combined team destroyed K 50, 000-00 old currency notes worth over K 225, 000-00 , K 100-00 new notes worth K 22, 900-00 and ten by 100 United States Dollar notes amounting to USD 1000, all fake ones.

Fifty kilograms worth of marijuana was also destroyed during the same operation which happened this afternoon in Kagunda area in Chipata,

Eastern Province Acting Senior Clerk of Courts , Andrew Sambo, said according to the order of the court, once an accused person is found guilty of an offence in relation to the said products, the items should be disposed of.

Mr Sambo said the people involved in the counterfeit notes were arrested last year in December and their cases have just been concluded.

He said some offenders were convicted and sentenced to five and three years respectively and cautioned would-be offenders that once found, they would be brought to book by law enforcing agencies.

‘’ The duty of the court is to make sure that once such people are found, stiff punishment should be imposed on them and this is just what the court did,’’ Mr Sambo said.

Recently, the Subordinate Court in Chipata sentenced a 41-year-old man of Nabvutika Compound to five years imprisonment after he was found guilty of trafficking in marijuana contrary to the laws of Zambia.

The convict was said to be the lord of the marijuana drug as he attracted thousands of people at his residence that included women, men and children.

When he was apprehended by the DEC early this month, hundreds of women and men marched to Chipata Central Police station to demand the release of their ‘Lord’.

Meanwhile, some residents in Nabvutika Compound are happy following the conviction of the man who was dealing in marijuana.

They said some of their children had been spoiled by him as he was selling them the prohibited drug without considering their age.