DEC nabs officer at refugee agency

PRESS STATEMENT Lusaka, Tuesday 4th January 2011.

The Drug Enforcement Commission has arrested a Programmes Officer at the Commission for Refugee in the Ministry of Home Affairs for money laundering involving over K41 million. Malindi Chibola Kaima, 41, on dates between 1st August and 30th September 2010 did steal a total of K41, 400, 000 of donor funds which was given to the department to pay some field officers that were working on some projects. Mr. Kaima has been denied bond as he has failed to meet some conditions. The Commission will intensify its detection and preventions approach towards money laundering to ensure that the Zambian economy is not undermined. Meanwhile the Commission arrested 43 people during the New Year weekend for trafficking in both narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. Among those arrested is Garry Kaindu, 19, of Ngombe Compound in Lusaka for trafficking in six sachets of cocaine and six sachets of heroin. Mr. Kaindu was arrested from Lusaka City Market after a long trail and had wrapped the narcotics in hundred kwacha notes as a mode of concealment Others arrested in Livingstone are Emmanuel Mwape, 38, a local business man and his co-suspect for trafficking in three sachets of cocaine. The duo was arrested after finding the cocaine in Mr. Mwape’s car which since been seized. A total of 92 kilograms of cannabis was also seized during the period. The Commission would like to warn members of the public that it will strengthen its interdiction methods in this run up period to the forth coming tripartite elections to ensure that people are not used as tools of violence during the campaigns due to influence of drugs. John Nyawali Public Relations Manager Drug Enforcement Commission

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