DEC arrests1,279 people in the first quarter of 2019 for various drug related offences
THE Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) in the first quarter of 2019 arrested 1,279 people for various drug related offences countrywide.
This is against the total of 1, 376 arrests that were recorded in the same period in 2018.
And the Commission says 35 people were arrested for money laundering activities involving a total of K13, 937, 421.61 and $199, 300 US dollars.
DEC Spokesperson Theresa Katongo said the Commission further arrested eight people for being in possession of counterfeit notes amounting to K6, 600 and $100 respectively.
Meanwhile Katongo said the common trends observed included an increase in theft by public servant and fraudulent false accounting as predicate offences to money laundering.
Katongo further said other typologies noted included increases in self and third party money laundering mostly involving the acquisition of real estate and motor vehicles in the names of the suspects and other persons.
She said of the total arrests recorded for drug related offences 1, 206 comprised males and seventy-three (73) females as well as 78 juveniles.
Nephew arrested raping his aunt, police say
A 24-year-old woman was allegedly raped and assaulted by her 31-year-old nephew after she was from bathing.
Copperbelt province police commanding officer, Peacewell Mweemba said the incident happened when the victim 25 went into the bathroom to take a bath while wrapped in a chitenge material.
However, shortly after she came out of the bathroom, Joseph Shula allegedly pounced on her.
“The suspect then covered her mouth with his hand to avoid her shouting and went on to undress the victim and inserted his penis into her private parts,” he said.
Mr Mweemba said the victim sustained a painful vagina and general body pains.
He said Shula was immediately apprehended by members of the family and some neighbours who took him to Mushili
Police Post where the matter was reported.
Mr Mweemba said Shula will appear in court soon.
Meanwhile, a man of Chipulukusu is on the run after he allegedly defiled a 15-year-old neighbour.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 6th June, 2023)
High temperatures and clear skies expected in June and July due to El Nino conditions
MINISTER of Green Economy and Environment Collins Nzovu says the country will continue experiencing high temperatures above normal for both day and night during this month and July.
The Minister however said, episodes of cooler night temperatures may be experienced for a few days over Gwembe, Ndola, Mansa, Mwinilunga, Kasempa, Kabompo, Livingstone and Mbala Districts and surrounding areas.
He said the high temperatures are attributed to the El Nino conditions being observed over the equatorial Pacific Ocean and the warmer Indian Ocean sea surface temperatures.
“Moreover, there has been an increase in the heat trapping Greenhouse Gases in the atmosphere globally. These conditions are fuelling the high temperatures being observed,” he said.
Mr Nzovu said the expected high temperatures may drive increase in energy demands for cooling and irrigation.
He said in addition, the increased water losses due to evaporation resulting from the high temperatures may affect water levels in dams and other water bodies.
Mr Nzovu further said the high temperatures may provide favourable conditions for agriculture pests as well as human and animal diseases to thrive
He said his ministry through the Meteorological Department, in collaboration with other stakeholders such as the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) will continue providing updates and advisories.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 6th June, 2023)
‘Abductors’ plead guilty
THE two men accused or abduction have pleaded guilty to five out of the over 50 abduction, aggravated assault, aggravated robbery and sexual offenses committed against against 13 young women last October.
A marshall is currently reading the rest of the charges to James Bwalya and Mathews Sikaonga who are appearing before Lusaka High Court Judge Charles Kafunda.
(THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY)
(Mwebantu, Monday, 5th June, 2023)