High Court Judge-in-Charge’ son arrested for drug trafficking

The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested a son of High Court Judge-in-Charge Philip Musonda for alleged drug trafficking, the Watchdog has been informed.
Makasa Musonda, 35 years old, is a second year Pharmacy student at the University of Zambia (UNZA).
Musonda was dramatically arrested at Arcades shopping complex in Lusaka where he was found trying to sell cocaine.
He was arrested together with two other suspects Precious Kateule Silisho a business woman and a Bornwell Mulenga of George compound in Lusaka.
DEC spokesperson John Nyawali confirmed the arrest of the three in a press statement but could not say whether Makasa was related to Judge Phillip Musonda.
He however said that Musonda was further found with cannabis hidden in the wardrobe after a search was extended to his house.
He said Musonda becomes the third UNZA student to be arrested for drug trafficking offences in the last 18 months.
“Among other items found with one of Mr. Musonda’s accomplices are 765 tablets of Diazepam, government trophies, an assortment of suspected precious stones and materials suspected to be used in the manufacture of counterfeit notes.
“The trio is detained in Police custody and will appear in court soon,’ said Nyawali,
But the Watchdog has been informed by Musonda’s friends from UNZA and family members that he is the son of Judge Phillip Musonda.
Sources further revealed that Judge Musonda is very upset that his son has been arrested for drug trafficking.
He complained that the arrest of Makasa will not look good as he was just appointed Judge-in-Charge.
The Judge-in-Charge is the one who allocates cases to other judges across the country. He determines which judge will hear which case as they are taken to the court.

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