THE Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested twelve Chinese nationals for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 6.2 kilograms.
In a statement made available to Breeze FM, DEC spokesperson, Theresa Katongo, says the Chinese nationals were arrested on Monday in Chipata.
She says the Chinese Nationals are set to appear in court soon.
Ms. Katongo says among the twelve arrested are Chen Minqiang 28, who is a foreman and eleven other members of the team that is building the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation Studio in Chipata district.
Ms. Katongo says that the twelve were cultivating the cannabis on the construction site for the ZNBC studio.
Source: Breeze FM
Lusaka City Council closes an illegal wine Factory at Evelyn Hone College.
THE Lusaka City Council (LCC) has warned all persons involved in illegal brewing and distribution of certified wines to stop operations before they are visited by the local authority. This comes in the wake of the LCC closing an illegal wine Factory at Evelyn Hone College.
Lusaka City Council Public Relations Manager George Sichimba said in a statement that this follows a complaint from the institution administration after it noticed a fermentation smell coming from the school canteen.
He said acting on the tip, a team of LCC Public health inspectors moved to the scene and found a wine Factory running and all process involved in the making and packaging of the product was been done in one place.
“Workers at the factory manually packaged the wine into bottles without any protective equipment and no measures were in place to allow for safe food handling. The factory was making wines labeled Zikomo, Chibe Pakapaka, Natotela, Zambezi, Sansamukeni and Banana Wine. At the time of Inspection, the owner of the factory was unable to produce any permits that allows them to manufacture and distribute the wine.” he said.
LCC has since Seized on Premise all goods that were in the factory until investigations are concluded.
Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) intercepts four trucks carrying assorted lotions worth over K1.7 million
ZRA Corporate Communications Manager Topsy Sikalinda says the authority has seized 7, 030 x 50 Kg bags of maize, and 3,645 x 25 Kg of mealie meal which was smuggled in Chingola, Chipata, Chirundu, and Kasumbalesa.
And Sikalinda says the authority has also intercepted four (04) of assorted lotions worth over K1.7 million.
In a statement, Sikalinda said the consignments were declared at Chanida Border as cleaning materials by using an additional procedure code for Chipata General Hospital in order to enjoy an exemption from taxes.
He said alert ZRA officers intercepted the consignments in Katete and inspected the trucks.
Sikalinda said during the inspection, officers found that the trucks were loaded with assorted body lotions contrary to what was declared as cleaning materials for the hospital.
“Investigations have revealed that this is a pure case of smuggling through False Declaration, False Representation, Misclassifications, Document falsification and abuse of a Taxpayer Identification Number (TPIN) contrary to the customs and excise Act Cap 322 of the Laws of Zambia,” Sikalinda said.
Meanwhile, Sikalinda said ZRA has further seized 1044 x 50 Kgs of Maize Bran, and 261 x 20 litres of Cooking oil, and another 1,176 x 6 x 2 litres of cooking oil which was smuggled through various border points.
UNZA Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr. Tamala Kambikambi appointed to the Board of the Zambia Qualifications Authority (ZAQA) for a period of three (3) years
HIGHER Education Minister Dr Brian Mushimba has appointed University of Zambia (UNZA) Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr Tamala Kambikambi as Board member of the Zambia Qualifications Authority (ZAQA) Management Board.
Dr Kambikambi will join a group of other distinguished and eminent Zambians to provide strategic direction to the qualifications authority as Board member.
In a letter of appointment, the minister stated that Dr Kambikambi will serve for a tenure period of three years in accordance with the provisions of the Zambia Qualifications Authority (ZAQA) Act number 201.
This is according to a statement issued by UNZA Acting Head of Public Relations Dr Brenda Bukowa.