THE Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) through its Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit has arrested and jointly charged three Zambians and five Nigerians for being in possession of property reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime involving more USD 4.3 million.
DEC public relations officer Mathias Kamanga said Commission arrested Lewis Chisenga, a male aged 44 of Plot 7 Twin Palm Crest Ibex , Salome Towela Chirwa, a female aged 26 of Chalala Rock View and Kamikazi Ruki Chirwa, a female aged 34 of Plot 1/190097/m Kabangwe.
He said others arrested are Patrick Ezealah Onyeka, a male aged 36 of house No. 13 Lagos Nigeria, Eziah Iheanacho, a male aged 44, Margaret Oyewole, a Female aged 35 of 34 Olayemu Street Lagos Nigeria, Jeffrey Micheals, a male aged 53 of 21 Udi Street Moyi Lagos and Theresa Chioma Ezeh, a female aged 37 of 163 Broad Street Marina Lagos.
Mr Kamanga said the suspects have been arrested for giving false information to a public officer contrary to Section 125 (a) of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia and Possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime contrary to Section 71 of the Forfeiture of proceeds of Crime Act 19 of the Laws of Zambia.
He said details of the matter are that Chisenga, Chirwa, and Salome jointly and whilst acting together with , Ezealah, Chioma, Micheals, Iheanacho, Oyewole and other persons unknown, on dates unknown but between 1st January 2020 and 30th March 2022, willfully, dishonestly and with intent to defraud, gave false information to the public officer at PACRA when registering companies.
He named the companies registered as following Sephora Logistics Ltd, Borrassus Spring Ltd, Coralstone Investment Ltd, Leadster Express Ltd, Ordentage Trading Zuvemplore Energy Services, WH Energy and Allied Services Ltd, Vige Logistics Ltd, Swift Payment Limited, Avalon Logistics and Absolute Logistics Ltd.
Mr Kamanga said during registration the suspects indicated that the said companies would be trading in transportation support services, Management Consultancy activities, non-specialized wholesale trade, electric power generation, scientific and technical activities and freight transport by road here in Zambia when in fact not.
“The said companies were registered here in Zambia and opened banked accounts at a named bank, which were being used to receive and transfer funds suspected to have been fraudulently obtained,” he said.
Mr Kamanga said the suspects were further found in possession of properties and funds in their companies bank accounts being USD 4,361,432.1 EURO 32,917.62 GBP 37,447.11 and ZMW 32,428.72 which has since been seized by the Commission as it is reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
He said all the eight suspects were released on police bond and will appear in court soon.
(Mwebantu, Friday, July, 8th, 2022)
MultiChoice launches GOtv Stream in Zambia. A new way to experience the best of sports and entertainment!
NO stranger to bringing entertainment into homes across the nation, MultiChoice is expanding its online offering, by introducing GOtv Stream to GOtv customers across Zambia.
“It is no secret that more and more people are leaning toward streaming services to experience uninterrupted entertainment that’s uninhibited by infomercials and ads. GOtv Stream is just another way MultiChoice Zambia is continuing our trend of upward innovation, as we strive to evolve with our audiences and their viewing needs.”, says Leah Kooma, Managing Director, MultiChoice Zambia
MultiChoice and DStv have already made their presence in the digital space with their online platform – DStv Stream, and now GOtv customers can enjoy the same user-friendly, and personalized streaming at their fingertips. The new feature allows viewers to seamlessly watch their favourite programmes and other content on electronic devices, keeping them connected at any time and from anywhere.
Ms Kooma reiterates that, “You may recall, GOtv was officially launched in Zambia on 5th September 2011, and now with the introduction of GOtv Stream customers will enjoy a great online service. What drives innovation for us, is providing our customers with the content they love, in the way that best suits them. As the home of the best sports and entertainment we will continue to deliver unrivalled value and choice for our customers”.
She adds: “GOtv Stream is an online service that will allow all GOtv customers take a subscription and enjoy our content anywhere and at any time. The launch of GOtv will allow us to expand our online offering and bring more great entertainment closure to the customers”.
Some of the functionality available are; Live TV, TV guide, CatchUp, use on up to four devices, downloading content to devices, and Live Chat. All paid up GOtv customers, with an internet connection can download and use GOtv Stream for free – available on Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 2nd December, 2023)
Government secures an equity partner for Mopani Copper Mines
FOLLOWING the ongoing negotiations to revamp operations at Mopani Copper Mines on the Copperbelt, Government has finally secured an equity partner.
The Equity partner being International Resources Holdings (IRH) an affiliate of Abu Dhabi Conglomerate International holding was selected after an extensive process.
The process was undertaken by ZCCM-IH, together with Rose Child and Company, a company based in South Africa.
In carrying out the process of revamping the mine, which started last year in June, the process focussed on assessing Mopani’s balance sheet due to high level indebtedness and also finding a suitable partner for sustainable development.
Announcing the development, Mines and Minerals Development Minister Paul Kabuswe said the selection of an equity partner will help restore life back into Mopani.
“I wish to announce and I am so glad and exited to announce that after extensive and thorough process, Government through the directors of ZCCM-IH have appointed a strategic equity partner for Mopani. The preferred partner selected is International Resource Holding Limited an affiliate of Abu Dhabi Conglomerate International holding company,” he said.
He said the partner selected is expected to inject funds into Mopani to stabilise short term work requirements, completion of the mine projects and unlock its potential.
Mr Kabuswe also stated that the equity partner will also reset the existing relationship with Glencore.
He further added that other details of the development at Mopani will be announced in due course when signing of the deal is being made.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)
Over 30 people trapped after a mine accident in Chingola
MORE than 30 people are believed to be trapped in an open pit mine in Chingola district on the Copperbelt after a mining accident.
Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Jack Mwiimbu said the affected are trapped as a result of earth collapsing and has since asked the nation at large to put the affected in prayer.
Mr Mwiimbu speaking in Parliament said more than 30 people are trapped and the rescue team is on site
“May I just inform the nation that we have a tragedy that is brewing in Chingola where a number of our people have been affected by a collapse of the open pit in Chingola. We have more than 30 people under the rubble and we are struggling to retrieve them. We would like to ask all of us to put our citizens in prayer,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)