A 41 year–old Tanzanian national has died at Nakonde border in Muchinga province after allegedly swallowing 75 pellets of cocaine.
Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) Public Relations Officer Theresa Katongo announced the death in a press statement released in Chinsali. She identified the deceased as Saidi Mwishehe Maya who was coming from Morogoro, Tanzania.
There is no independent verification of the cause of death and given the notorious record of DEC, it is open to speculation. DEC has a record of planting drugs on people they want to punish.
According to Katongo’s version, Mwisheshe Maya collapsed at Nakonde bus stop and was rushed to Nakonde first level referral health centre where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Katongo said a after a post-mortem, it revealed was that one of the 75 pellets of cocaine burst in his stomach thereby causing severe intoxication by the drug.
She said that the Tanzanian national was about to board a Lusaka bound bus en route to South Africa when he met his fate.
It is also possible that they DEC caught him and forced to swallow the drugs.