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DMMU Accountant and Office Assistant arrested for K90,000

Lusaka Thursday 10th April, 2014.
The Drug Enforcement Commission has arrested and jointly charged an Accountant and an Office Assistant from the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) in Chipata for money laundering activities involving over K90 thousand.
In the first count, Peter Phiri, 56, an Accountant residing at House No. 87B Kayanja Street in Chipata has been arrested and jointly charged with Peter Kapeza Lungu, 29, an Office Assistant of House No. F18 Kapata Compound in Chipata for forgery, uttering of false documents, theft by servant, fraudulent false accounting and money laundering contrary to the laws of Zambia.
Particulars of the offence are that the duo jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown but between 1st September, 2013 and 31st March, 2014 whilst employed as an Accountant and Office Assistant at DMMU respectively, did forge two (02) payment vouchers amounting to K38, 460 and had two cheques raised in Peter Phiri’s name. They also uttered the two payment vouchers to the Principal Lands Resettlement Officer in Chipata purporting that the payment was meant for allowances when in fact not.
In the second count, Peter Kapeza Lungu in his capacity as Office Assistant at DMMU has been arrested separately for forging six (06) payment vouchers amounting to K56, 200 all payable to Climax Car Centre a local filling station in Chipata by purporting that the payments were for fuel and lubricants. He later withdrew the money from various fuel attendants using fuel coupons by purporting that he was duly authorised when in fact not. The suspect later used part of the money to begin constructing a house in Kanjala Ward in Chipata which has since been seized by the Commission.
The duo appeared in court on 9th April, 2014 and pleaded guilty to all charges except for money laundering. They have since been convicted to 10 months and 12 months Imprisonment with Hard Labour respectively with effect from 9th April, 2014. However, trial for the money laundering offence continues on 27th -29th May, 2014.
Meanwhile the Commission has in the last three (03) days arrested over thirty (30) people countrywide for trafficking in various quantities of cannabis.
Those arrested include James Mpundu, 50, a Peasant farmer of Mwila village in Mansa District for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 10.5kg, Sililo Mwanalushi, 20, of Kanyimba area in Mulobezi District for trafficking in 5kg of loose cannabis, and Ndopu Namushi, 26, of the same District for trafficking in 1.8kg of loose cannabis.
And in Lusaka, the Commission has arrested Emmanuel Siwela, 19, a grade nine Pupil of Aisha Basic school in N’gombe Township for trafficking in 13 balls of cannabis weighing 7.2g.
All suspects will appear in court soon

Theresa Katongo
Public Relations Officer