CORRECTED;DEC nabs Taiwanese and Zambian over 700 Mukula logs

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The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested a Taiwanese businessman and a Zambian for illegal trading and unlawful possession of over 700 logs of Mukula tree logs.


DEC Public Relations officer Theresa Katongo said in a statement released to ZANIS that Allan Lo Shih-Chun, 40 , a Taiwanese businessman of Lusaka’s Emmasdale area was arrested and jointly charged with Lowell Nkonde, 33 a Zambian businessman of Kamwala South in Lusaka for illegal trading and unlawful possession of 789 logs of Mukula tree contrary to the Environmental Management Act of the laws of Zambia.


Ms Katongo said the duo attempted to bribe DEC officers $3,500 and K10, 000 during the search at the scene where the duo were intercepted.


Ms Katongo further said that the money was seized and will be handed over to the Anti-Corruption Commission for further action.


The Commission also seized two motor vehicles believed to be proceeds of the crime from the two suspects.


Meanwhile, the DEC has also arrested a former soldier and a soldier in Lusaka for money laundering activities involvingK93, 000.


Ms Katongo said Freeman Chama Mwela,45, an ex-soldier of Lusaka’s Libala Township has been arrested and jointly charged with Mark Kayuba, 52, a soldier of Mikango Barracks in Lusaka for forgery, altering of false documents, obtaining credit by false pretence and money laundering contrary to the laws of Zambia.


She said particulars of the offense are that Mr Mwela between January 1, 2012 and November, 2012 jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown did forge and alter the Public Service Pensions Fund certificate of title for a property in Mansa, as well as an NRC and passport photo for a Mr James Chalwe and letters of offer for the sale of property purporting that he was James Chalwe when infact James Chalwe died a long time ago.


Ms Katongo said Mr Mwela also gave false information to a police officer at Mufulira Central Police in order to get an introductory letter which he presented to a local bank in Mufulira for him to open a bank account purporting to be James Chalwe when in fact not.


Ms Katongo said the duo will appear in court soon.