DEC arrest Solwezi businessman for money laundering

By Staff Reporter

THE Drug Enforcement Commission has arrested a Solwezi-based businessman, Obrien Chabala, 45 for money laundering activities involving over K50, 000.

In a press statement issued by Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) public relations officer Theresa Katongo, Chabala, a businessman of Plot 119 Messenger Compound in Solwezi, was arrested for theft by agent and money laundering, contrary to the laws of Zambia.

She stated that particulars of the offence were that Chabala, on dates unknown but between November 1, 2017 and March 1, 2018, jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown, appointed as an agro dealer for the Ministry of Agriculture to distribute farming inputs for the 2017 – 2018 farming season fraudulently and without claim of right did steal K51, 376.

“The said money came into his possession after farmers registered under the E-Voucher System swiped their cards on a point of sale machine issued under Kabisapi General Dealers, a business he owns. The suspect in turn failed to supply the farmers with the prerequisite inputs,” Katongo stated.

Meanwhile, the Commission in Eastern Province has arrested a 35-year-old mini-bus driver of Lundazi for trafficking in over 500 kg of cannabis.

According to Katongo, Joseph Zimba, 35, a mini-bus driver of Chipyola compound in Lundazi district has been arrested for trafficking in 575kg of loose cannabis.

“The Commission has since seized a Toyota Hiace from the suspect. All suspects will appear in court soon,” stated Katongo.