A Zambian businesswoman has been arrested at the Jomo Kenyata Airport in Kenya after her traveling bag was found to be containing Ephedrine an internationally controlled precursor chemical.
Zelesi Mwanza, a resident of Kaunda Square in Lusaka was arrested for trafficking in over five kilograms of Ephedrine, a type one poison substance according to the laws of that country.
She was arrested after checking in at the Jomo Kenyata airport in an attempt to board Kenya Airways flight to Harare.
Ms. Mwanza has been charged with an offence of unlawful exporting poison without an export permit contrary to the Pharmacy and Poisons rule of the Republic of Kenya.
She is currently detained at Langat Prison waiting the conclusion of her case which is being tried by a Kibera Magistrate court in Nairobi.
Ephedrine is an internationally controlled precursor chemical which is sometimes used to illegally manufacture stimulant drugs.
Commenting on the Case of Mwanza, DEC spokesperson John Nyawali said “the Commission is saddened with the increasing number of women getting arrested for drug offences both at home and abroad and would like to appeal to women lobby groups and other stakeholders to partner with the Commission to sensitize the public on the dangers of drug trafficking as Zambian women are slowly earning the tag of drug traffickers.”
He warned that this negative tag is bound to make Zambians travelling abroad subjected to vigorous searches at entry points in other countries and consequently inconvenience the innocent travelers.