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DEC arrests Danger Mwanza for trafficking in over 4 Kilograms of heroin, 842 grams of cocaine and 900 Kilograms of cannabis

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THE Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested six people among them ‘Danger Mwanza’ for trafficking in over 4 Kilograms of heroin, 842 grams of cocaine and 900 Kilograms of cannabis.

DEC assistant public relations officer Julie Mukumwa has told Mwebantu in a statement that Benjah Mumba also known as Danger Mwanza was arrested for trafficking in 382.4 Kilograms of loose cannabis.

Ms Mukumwa in Eastern Province, the Commission arrested and jointly charged Sunday Njoku,  43 and Raphael Ganizani, 29 for trafficking in 3.99 Kilograms of heroin and 842 grams of Cocaine.

She said the two were arrested in Chipata with the drugs which were destined for Lusaka.

And on the Copperbelt, the Commission has arrested Oliver Siame 33 of Plot 50, 9th Street in Chingola for trafficking in 248 sachets of Heroin that were concealed in a desktop computer and in a Toyota Corolla with registration number ACV 4652 which is believed to have been the vehicle that was being used for deliveries of the drugs.

She said both the drugs and the motor vehicle have been seized.

Ms Mukumwa said in Lusaka Province, the Commission arrested Timothy Kanyanta 34 of Chirundu District for trafficking in 361 sachets of Heroin.

“Meanwhile, the Commission in Lusaka has also arrested and jointly charged Ben Shonga, 31 and Hutchingson Muzoka 39 both of John Laing for trafficking in 530.3 Kilograms of loose cannabis.

The suspects are currently in police custody and will appear in court soon,” she said.

And Ms Mukumwa says the Commission is saddened by the increase in the number of people abusing drugs in the country which is resulting in various social ills.

“These drugs are coming from various countries in the region and beyond and it is unfortunate that Zambians are the ones being used in trafficking the said drugs. These cases have become rampant in Lusaka, Copperbelt, Muchinga and Eastern provinces,” she said.

Ms Mukumwa has since warned drug traffickers that sooner or later the long arm of the law shall catch up with them.

She said the  Commission has heightened its operations at entry points and various places across the country to ensure that all perpetrators are brought to book.

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‘I personally know Bowman Lusambo’, says a Lusaka High Court judge as he recuses himself in paternity case

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LUSAKA High Court judge Wilfred Muma has recused himself from handling a case in which Bowman Lusambo has sued a Ndola woman over the paternity of her four children.

Lusambo sued Mercy Matongo Cowham who accused him of fathering her four children.

Lusambo applied that the court orders that a Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) test be conducted on the children to ascertain their paternity.

Mercy wants the court to order Lusambo to be maintaining the children with K5,000 for food, K3,500 groceries, rental K5,000, water bills K200, electricity K200 which comes to K13,900 per month plus K7,000 every six month for the children’s clothing.

The judge who was assigned to preside over the case has recused himself because he personally knows Lusambo.

And judge Muma has also recused himself from handling another matter involving Lusambo where he was sued by Zamtel over a house in Ndola.

(Mwebantu, Friday, January 21st, 2022)

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Five Sentenced to Five Years for Bushmeat in Mumbwa

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The Subordinate Court in Mumbwa has sentenced five men to five years imprisonment with hard labour after they pled guilty to illegal possession of 88kg of bushmeat poached from Blue Lagoon national park in Kafue District.

On 10 January 2022, officers from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife apprehended five suspects namely, Wanton Mweete, 37, Kelvin Ndongo ,37, Phineas Chilala, 42, Jackson Munkuli, 41 and Festus Lwano, 36, who were found with 88kg of fresh Kafue lechwe meat and two shotguns inside the Blue Lagoon national park.

The five suspects, all from Chief Mwanachingwala’s area, were charged with one count of unlawful possession of protected animal (Kafue Lechwe), contrary section 130 (1) of the Zambia Wildlife Act No. 14 of 2015

When the matter came up, they all pled guilty to the charge and were sentenced to five years imprisonment with hard labour.

The Kafue lechwe is endemic to Zambia, meaning it cannot be found anywhere else in the world. As such, Kafue lechwe attract many tourists to visit the national parks they occur in. However, targeted poaching of this species for bushmeat has reduced its population at an alarming rate. At one point Zambia had a population of more than 250,000 Kafue lechwe. Sadly, the population now stands at below 25 000.

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Kitwe man claims he is the father of one of Mercy Cowham’s children

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A -28- year old man of Kitwe is seeking to be joined in the paternity claim involving Mercy Colham and Kabushi Member of Parliament Bowman Lusambo.

Luckson Nyawali is alleging that he is the father of Chipego, the first child Mercy claims was fathered by Mr Lusambo.

Mr Nyawali, a mineral analyst based in Kitwe says he is also ready to undergo a DNA test and will be applying to the courts to compel Mercy to also release Chipego’s DNA samples for analysis.

He said he has decided to speak now after Mercy’s allegation on social media.

Mr Nyawali narrated that he met Mercy in 2013 in Chipata when they both attended Grade 12 Extra Tuitions at Hillside Basic School.

He said Mercy fell pregnant in 2014 and they agreed to start cohabiting until she left for Luanshya a few months later and delivered a baby girl at Roan Mine Hospital in Luanshya.

Nyawali added that the baby was named Chipego by a Mr Musange who is Mercy’s brother in law who kept her in Luanshya.

He says he has not seen Chipego since 2017 when Mercy last brought her to Chipata and is now demanding custody of the child.

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