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.
Man kills step son for urinating on his bed, police say
TWENTY-SEVEN-YEAR-OLD of Kasama has allegedly murdered his two-year-old step son after he urinated on his bed.
Police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale has told Mwebantu in a statement that Kabwe Boma 27 of Malaya village in Mungwi district allegedly murdered Able Mulenga.
Mr Mwale said the incident occurred on April 15 at around 10:00 hours in Mungwi district.
He said initial investigations revealed that the deceased had urinated on his bed and Boma wanted to discipline him.
Mr Mwale said the child suffered suspected internal injuries as kicks are alleged to have been used in the act.
“The body of the deceased has since been deposited in Kasama General Hospital Mortuary awaiting postmortem and burial,” he said.
Mr Mwale said a manhunt for the suspect has been launched.
Meanwhile, Patriotic Front cadre, Charles Kakula has been charged and arrested with the subject offences of Criminal Trespass.
Mr Mwale said Kakula has further been slapped with Threatening Violence contrary to section 90(a) of the Penal Code of the laws of Zambia.
RTSA saddened by the death of, Ngongwe Zimba, in a road traffic accident
THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) is saddened by the death of a motorist who died in a road traffic accident involving five (5) motor vehicles in Lusaka.
RTSA Director and Chief Executive Officer, Gladwell Banda, has conveyed a message of condolences to the bereaved family, describing the accident as tragic and unfortunate.
He the deceased, Ngongwe Zimba, driver of the BMW with registration mark ALR 5979 died on the spot following the road crash which occurred around 09:00 hours yesyerday at the intersection of Mungwe Road and New Outer Ring Road in Lusaka West.
Mr Banda said the road traffic crash involved a Volvo truck registration mark BCC 3511, a Sino Howo truck registration mark 9541, a BMW registration mark ALR 5979 driven by the deceased driver Mr Zimba, a Toyota Vitz registration mark 790 and a Toyota Hiace registration mark ALV 1360.
He said the Agency has instituted investigations to establish the cause of the road traffic crash to ensure that such incidences are mitigated.
This is in a statement issued by RTSA head of public relations Fredrick Mubanga.
Police arrest Correctional officer of Mansa for attempted murder
A 31-YEAR-OLD Correctional officer of Mansa has been arrested for attempted murder.
On April 9, 2021 at 19:30 hours, Frederick Chishimba shot at Pathias Bwale aged 19 whom he suspected of being a thief.
Police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale confirmed the incident in a statement issued yesterday.
He said the incident occurred at Regional Correctional offices in Mansa, Luapula Province.
Mr Mwale said the victim sustained a bullet wound on his left foot.
“The suspect is in police custody awaiting court appearance,” Mr Mwale said.