Police confisticate 2,630 ‘fake’ mobile phones

Police confisticate 2,630 ‘fake’ mobile phones

A COMBINED team of the police anti-piracy squad, Zambia Bureau of Standards and Cycorp Zambia Limited officers have confiscated 2,630 suspected fake Samsung mobile phones worth over K8.2 billion from some shops in Lusaka and on the Copperbelt.
Both police deputy spokesperson Charity Chanda and intellectual property specialist Kingsley Nkonde confirmed the crackdown on traders of assorted suspected counterfeit Samsung mobile phones and accessories yesterday.
Ms Chanda said in a statement that the suspects have been charged with the sale of goods bearing forged trademark and false trademark description, contrary to Section 6(1) (a) of the Merchandise Marks Act Cap 405 of the Laws of Zambia.
She said the suspects have also been charged with being in possession of goods bearing infringed copyright and performance, contrary to Section 28 (d) Cap 406 of the Copyright and Performance Amendment Act 25 of 2010 of the Laws of Zambia.
Ms Chanda said the suspects have also been charged with counterfeiting trademark contrary to Section 377 of the Penal Code Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
“I wish to strongly warn members of the public against engaging in illegal practices because the law will visit them,” she said.
And Mr Nkonde said the operation to confiscate counterfeit cell phones, which have flooded the Zambian market, was carried out simultaneously in Lusaka and the Copperbelt provinces.
“These phones range from what may be considered as low and high market products, including what may be considered as smart phones. We have observed an increase in the number of counterfeit mobile phones on the Zambian market,” he said.
Mr Nkonde attributed the rise in the number of fake mobile phones to the rising demand for the affordable mobile phone communication technology.
He said Government loses huge sums of money through the sale of fake products which are smuggled into the country.
He said confiscating counterfeit mobile phones and other fake products will soon be extended to other parts of the country.
Mr Nkonde also said Solwezi is falling prey to traders of counterfeit mobile phones because of the booming economic activity taking place in the mining district.
He said security officers and other relevant wings are closely monitoring the situation and will work hard to rid the country of counterfeit products and urged brand owners to ensure that they protect their products.

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