The pronouncement which has sparked a lot of debate in the various circles of society attracted the Minister’s attention to emphasize that DEC is still mandated to prevent and control possession, trafficking and cultivation of illicit drugs such as cannabis as stipulated in the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act Chapter 96 of the laws of Zambia.
Speaking at the Drug Enforcement Commission Senior Officers’ Conference, the Honorable Minister advised that anyone engaging in the cultivation of cannabis without the authority of the Minister of Health in the form of a license is in breach of the law and will face arrest and prosecution.
“And Government is aware of your submission to have your name changed to Anti-Drug, Economic and Financial Crimes Agency. I must emphasize this is necessary to harmonize the mandate of the Commission as depicted under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act Cap 96 of the Laws of Zambia and the Prohibition and Prevention of Money Laundering Act no. 14 of 2001 as amended by Act no. 44 of 2010. I wish to assure you that government is in support of this proposal to change the name because this is what your stakeholders have demanded,” Mr Kampyongo said.
The Minister also charged the Commission to particularly conduct sensitization activities on issues surrounding new drug and money laundering trends happening globally for the good of our clients and the country at large.
Meanwhile the Minister expressed happiness with a number of processes that have been developed within the institution such as the service charter, manuals and systems that will help the Commission to operate in a dynamic environment, thereby providing better and excellent services to clients just as the conference theme suggested, “Service Excellence in a Dynamic Environment”.
He urged officers to remain non-partisan in their conduct amidst the political campaigns that were happening with the general elections fast approaching