Solwezi council finance director arrested for theft

The Deputy Director of Finance at Solwezi Municipal Council Charles Bupe has been arrested by the Drug Enforcement Commission for theft of Public funds amounting to over K52 million.

DEC public relations manager John Nayawali  disclosed that Bupe, 39, in his capacity as Accountant and Deputy Director of Finance did illegally authorize payments to himself for various allowances he was not entitled to.

Bupe further doubled the payments for some allowances he was entitled to.

He has been released on a K30 million bond and further ordered not to leave the country without authority from the Drug Enforcement Commission.

And DEC has arrested a 39 year old driver at Mukwa Breweries in Lusaka for possessing over US$10,000 of counterfeit notes.

Brian Bwalya, a resident of Matero Township was arrested after conducting a search at his house.

Bwalya was found with a total of US$10,700 of counterfeits in 100 dollar bills.

This brings the total amount of US dollars counterfeit notes seized in the last eight months to US$187,200 equivalent to K936 million, explained DEC spokeperson John Nyawali.

Nyawali also explained that 117 people were arrested countrywide in the last two weeks for trafficking in different quantities of cannabis with a total weight of 256 kilograms.

Among those arrested was a 25 year old man of Kaloko township in Kitwe for possessing over 41 tablets of Diazepam, a highly controlled depressant drug.

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