Hints have emerged that the criminals who attacked police officers guarding deputy chief justice Marvin Mwanamwambwa were looking for their drugs.
Last week, one of the police officers guarding deputy chief justice Mwanamwambwa’s house in Lusaka West was hacked by robbers who also got away with his gun. The cop, Moses Ganizani who is still in hospital was wounded on Tuesday around 21:00 hours when the robbers attacked he and his colleague.
But now the Watchdog has been briefed that the criminals were following the cocaine which they believe was hidden in the house. Strangely, the police have not issued any statement on this attack involving their own. Normally, the police are very sensitive when one of them is attacked and their ‘armed response’ is often very quick and brutal. But this time they are quiet, why? The country has also not been told what the criminals did after overpowering the cops. Did they just grab the gun and run away or they entered the deputy chief justice’s house? If they entered the house, what did they steal from there? Cocaine or orange juice? The police need to come clean on the this one. Something is fishy here.
THE COCAINE CONNECTION
Zambia Watchdog informers suggest that this ‘robbery’ is connected to the 24kg of cocaine which went missing from the magistrate’s court in August 2018.
The cocaine was an exhibit in a matter in which Sydney Mwansa, Shaibu Likuta and Teddy Matanda are jointly charged with trafficking and are appearing before chief resident magistrate Kenneth Mulife.
Later, the Drug Enforcement Commission arrested about 10 junior Magistrates Court officials in connection with the same missing 24kg of cocaine. Senior officials who most likely organised the disappearance of the cocaine were untouched, perhaps to protect the integrity of the judiciary. The cocaine has not been recovered and no one knows where it is hidden as of now.
Our sources believe that the senior court officials are or were hiding the cocaine at justice Mwanamwambwa’s house given his close friendship with the magistrate involved.
Maybe this was an inside job to secure safe passage to the cocaine from the deputy Chief Justice’s house .
We will keep you posted.
Meanwhile read the involvement of South Africans, Pakistanis and South African in this syndicate:
THE 24KG COCAINE SYNDICATE AND COURT OFFICIALS
One wonders how this case has even reached this far. This is a big syndicate which involves the court, the accused, the defence and the drug barons from Tanzania, South Africa and Pakistan.
The syndicate has some elements of the investigative wings involved which are the Police and the Drug Enforcement Commission. The role of the Police is limited if not dead by now but within the DEC the power struggle has been there as there is a division amongst them as others are strongly wanting justice to carry its course while some have been trying to destroy the case from the first day. If it was not for this division the cartel would have had their way two years ago.
In 2017 efforts to have the people released increased, this is because the Tanzanian who is imprisoned in this case comes from a big Family and they have exerted pressure on the Cartel in Tanzania to have their relative released or face their wrath. This is despite the accused paying about K150,000 in legal fees to secure the services of the lead lawyer Keith Mweemba, a further agreement was entered to have one of the properties belonging to the Conductor Sydney given to the lawyer if he secures an acquittal.
There has been a lot of money which has been exchanging hands over the case, the Pakistan cartel has been sending money to Tanzania and it finds its way to South Africa where the cartel led by a Nigerian channel it to Zambia. The money was being collected by a Sydney who is an accused.
The prison warders would be bribed to allow him meet people outside prison and also collect money when it is sent. A Mr. Mwemushi who used to operate an office at Makeni Mall was one of the conduits for this illegal money and would meet one of the accused a Sydney at his office at Makeni Mall escorted by Prison warders who treated him like a prince. When the money’s exchanged hands Mwemushi wrapped up his business and left makeni mall because a lead to him was created through prison warders.
The first money which was meant to bribe the DEC officers was a $4000, this money was to make them testify wrongly in order to give advantage to the defence, but it could not work because the person they really wanted to buy off was unreachable.
Another amount of $6000 was further released towards the end of 2017 which was meant to buy off court officials and officers to make documents and other evidence to disappear.
It was difficult for the cartel to have these Drugs and documents to disappear from DEC because DEC Commissioner had put measures in place to over see the exhibits, so they waited for the exhibits to go to court.
In December of 2017 after officers from DEC failed to steal the Drugs and Documents, the cartel found its way to court officials. They wanted an assurance that they should not leave the court with any doubt to have the accused set free. They started with the drugs by stealing them with the help of the court officials.
Money was further released in match of 2018 amounting to $20,000 which was meant for the Magistrate Kenneth Mulife to release the accused at the stage of ruling with no case to answer even if it was clear that the DEC had put in solid evidence to the case. This plan was however being frustrated with the adjournments in court.
The incorporation of the magistrate in the syndicate was after it was clear that the drugs which were the main exhibit were all exchanged. In March of 2018 Kenneth Mulife was met by a Lawyer where he accepted the payment and he was to deliberately put on record things to condemn the DEC in the case just to shield him so that whoever got the record would point at issues raised.
The agreement with Mulife was in January of 2018 but money was not available, so he could not act. In March 2018 he secretly wrote charge letters to court officials in his court for losing the exhibit but despite this being a serious crime he was not to report to any investigative wing.
He was to keep the secret of the drugs missing and later pass judgement to acquit then order the clerk of court to quickly destroy the exhibits.
Kenneth Mulife now under threat from the Tanzanian and South African Cartel to deliver an acquital but this plan again suffered a set back when revelations were made public that drugs are now missing. The accused in the case were promised that they would be acquitted on the day of ruling but he changed in the last minute.
Kenneth Mulife is about to be appointed high court judge by President Lungu soon and he assured the cartel that even if the matter getz appealed he will be at the high court and will make sure it dies a nautural death. The judgement in this case was already made it is just a time waiting for it to pass
The happenings in the Drug business and how powerful the cartels are today leaves one question hanging. Is the Drug Enforcement Commission capable to fight these heavily funded cartels?