Doctor nabbed with fake 84,000 US dollar notes

The Drug Enforcement Commission DEC has arrested a 54 year-old Medical Doctor of Lusaka for being in possession of more than 84, 000 United States dollar counterfeit notes.

Daniel Konga Maswahu, 54, a Medical Doctor of Kabwata Township has been arrested for being in possession of 84, 100 US dollar counterfeit notes in 100 dollar bills.

DEC Spokesperson Theresa Katongo says that the suspect was arrested at a named Shopping Mall in Lusaka.

And the Commission has in various parts of the country arrested six people for unlawful cultivation and trafficking in narcotic and psychotropic substances contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Meanwhile the Commission through its Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit on the Copperbelt has arrested a 48 year-old business woman for receiving stolen property and aiding and abetting contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Particulars of the offence are that Mavis Kapekanshiku a business woman of Johannesburg South Africa on dates unknown but between 1st February, 2017 and 3rd March, 2017 jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown in South Africa hacked into the Zambia Postal Services ZAMPOST Swift Cash Business System and generated transactions amounting to 19, 620 Kwacha.

Whilst in South Africa, Kapekanshiku instructed her niece to collect 9, 950 Kwacha from ZAMPOST Kitwe office where 2, 270 Kwacha was sent to the said suspect in South Africa via Western Union while 6, 876 Kwacha was sent to a Priscilla Asomani in Accra Ghana.

The remaining 9, 670 Kwacha was blocked by ZAMPOST before it could be withdrawn.

All suspects will appear in court soon.

None formation of WDCs in Chipata affects projects

None formation of Ward Development Committees WDCs in 21 wards in Chipata district is hampering developmental projects.

Speaking during the Voice radio Programme on the roles of WDCs today, Chipata Central Constituency CDF chairperson Philemon Mwale, WDC Kapata Ward Vice Chairperson Levison Mwanza and Mchenga Branch Chairperson Benson Phiri said development is lacking in most wards because there are no WDCs.

The trio says the role of WDCs is to link the community to the councilor and local authority in a given district for the implementation of community initiated developmental projects.

They say that it is sad that Chipata City Council has only one WDC in Kapata ward in Chipata Central Constituency which is functioning while the other 21 wards have no WDCs.

Mr. Mwale, Mr. Mwanza and Mr. Phiri said that Chipata City Council had indicated that it had no money to conduct the elections of WDCs adding that 13 thousand kwacha is what is needed to hold elections per ward.

And Chipata Central Constituency CDF chairperson Philemon Mwale says government has in the past three years not released CDF and that the local authority should now start using its own money to address project challenges people are facing.

Mr. Mwale, who was referring to the problem of the stream that the people of Mtilansembe have, says that Chipata City Council should have used its resources to block culverts to avert water that is spilling into people’s houses.

And Mr. Mwale has supported the people who are not aware of the existence of the ward development committees in their areas.

He says people have no information of their existence and when these committees are supposed to be formed or members elected into offices.

UPND MPs irk freedom fighters in Chipata

The Freedom Fighters Association in Eastern Province has condemned UPND, United Party for National Development Members of Parliament who boycotted President Edgar Lungu’s parliamentary address yesterday.

Provincial Chairperson, Frank Banda says that the action taken by the UPND law makers is sawing a seed of division in the country.

Mr. Banda says that traditional leaders in Southern Province should engage the opposition political party on the need to maintain unity in the country.

He says that the freedom fighters have taken note that this is the second time that the MPs have boycotted President Lungu’s address to parliament.

Meanwhile a Chipata resident Emmanuel Sakala says that the move taken by the MPs is strange because they have been sitting in parliament with Vice President Inonge Wina and even asking her questions.

Mr. Sakala says that the UPND MPs need to understand that the same votes, which went to Inonge Wina, are the same votes, which made Mr. Lungu to become head of state.

Yesterday UPND MPs boycotted the parliamentary sitting where President Lungu addressed parliament with only Chilanga UPND MP Keith Mukata being in the house.