Mungwi council workers arrested for laundering K500m

The Drug Enforcement Commission has arrested two employees of Mungwi District Council in Northern Province for money laundering activities involving over K500 million.
Eddie Chileshe, an Acting Council Treasurer and Patrick Chanda Mushipi, an Accountant were arrested for laundering government funds meant for various developmental projects in the districts.
According to DEC spokesperson John Nyawali, the duo laundered a total of K565, 378,000 which was funded to the Council by the Ministry of Local Government and Housing.
A three bed roomed house belonging to Mr. Mushipi has since been seized.
The Commission has in a separate incident arrested a Principal Lands Resettlement Officer of Western Province in Mongu for diverting public resources for his personal gain.
Arnold Bukoka, 42, diverted 290 iron sheets meant for the construction of some structures at Kalumwanga resettlement scheme in Mongu.
All the suspects have been released on bond and will appear in court soon.
Meanwhile, 7.2 tonnes of cannabis was in the last seven days seized and 94 people arrested across the country for trafficking in various quantities of the psychotropic substance.
This excludes the eight tonnes of cannabis that was seized from peasant farmers in Sesheke district earlier in the week.
Among those arrested is a grade eight pupil of Mwinilunga High School in North Western province who was found with a joint of cannabis.
Others arrested are three Somali nationals who were found with eight bundles of mirra.

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