FORMER Deputy Minister of Gender and former Chililabombwe Patriotic Front Member of Parliament, Mrs. Esther Mwila Banda has died.
Mrs Banda died in Lusaka in the early hours of today (Sunday).
She served as Member of Parliament for Chililabombwe from 2006 to 2016, and was a Deputy Minister for Gender between 2011 and 2016.
DEC arrests two people for money laundering activities involving over US$ 180,000
THE Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) through its Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit in Lusaka has arrested and jointly charged a Kitwe Businessman and a woman of Kalulushi for money laundering activities involving over $180, 000 United States Dollars.
In a statement, DEC public relations officer Theresa Katongo said the suspects identified as Bernard Angetile, 54, residing at 24 Mukuba Village, Riverside in Kitwe and Linda Wezi Ngwira, 53 of HCH-2-14 NAPSA Complex in Kalulushi have been arrested for money laundering and obtaining goods by false pretenses.
“The two suspects and also business owners of Linber Enterprises Limited were contracted by the Ministry of National Development Planning (MNDP) to supply laboratory equipment for a research centre in Lusaka Province. It is alleged that the company forged documents purporting that they had delivered part of the equipment in order to get the payment when in fact not,” Ms Katongo said.
She said on dates unknown but between February 1 and October 31 last year submitted a tax invoice valued at USD247, 839.80 and a packing list purporting that they delivered items indicated on the packing list which included two equipment’s namely, Bench-top (XRD) valued at USD145, 000.00 and mid infrared fourier transform spectrometer valued at USD43, 000.00 as per agreed terms when in fact not.
“Having been fully paid 65% (USD247, 839.80) of the contract sum claimed on the tax invoice, Linber Enterprises Limited did submit a Delivery Note to an unauthorized worker at Zambia Agricultural Research Institute situated at Mount Makulu in Chilanga purporting to show that they had delivered some items which included one Bench-top (XRD) valued at USD145, 000.00 when in fact not,” she said.
Ms Katongo said Linber Enterprises Limited subsequently transferred USD55, 385.00 into its Kwacha account domiciled at a named Bank and used the said funds to settle its accounts payables which included debts and staff salaries.
Meanwhile, the Commission in Lusaka has arrested Venessa Koonjul a 28 year-old female Mauritian national residing in Zambia for trafficking in 147.7 grams of heroin.
She said the suspect was intercepted at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport on March 2, 2021 as she was receiving a parcel which contained the heroin.
Ms Katongo said all suspects are in Police custody and necessary arrangements are being made for them to appear before the courts of law.
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MultiChoice Zambia set to air highlights from BBNaija season 5 from Monday, 1 March
MultiChoice Zambia is set to air highlights from BBNaija season 5 from Monday, 1 March till Friday, 26 March 2021 on Africa Magic Urban (DStv channel 153) and Africa Magic Family (DStv channel 154 & GOtv channel 2) at 23:00 CAT.
BBNaija lovers will have another opportunity to relive some of the best moments of the BBNaija Lockdown edition, six months after the epic grand finale which saw Olamilekan “Laycon” Agbeleshe emerge winner. The highlights episodes will also get fans primed and excited for the upcoming Reunion show of the season.
BBNaija continues to be a TV phenomenon in Nigeria and across Africa. The Lockdown edition set the record for the number of votes cast with 900 million votes recorded during the show and over 60 billion impressions on digital. The edition also broke the Showmax live-streaming record, becoming the most-watched live entertainment content ever on the streaming service.
Fans of the reality TV show will enjoy up to 40 episodes, containing their favourite and most memorable moments from the Lockdown edition. BBNaija Lockdown Highlights will air on Africa Magic Urban (DStv channel 153) and Africa Magic Family (DStv channel 154 & GOtv channel 2) from 23:00 CAT till 00:00 CAT daily, available to customers on DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family, Access and GOtv Max and Plus.