ZAMBIAN businesswoman arrested in Ethiopia for drug trafficking
By YANDE KAPEYA, NKOMBO KACHEMBA and TITUS YABO
A ZAMBIAN businesswoman has been arrested in Ethiopia for alleged drug trafficking. Izalo Kalenda, 31, was arrested at Addis Abba international airport on her way from Pakistan via Dubai to Zimbabwe.
This is according to a statement released on January 22 by Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) public relations officer, John Nyawali.
Mr Nyawali said Ms Kalenda allegedly swallowed the heroin weighing over half a kilogramme.
She is detained in Ethiopia awaiting trial.
Meanwhile, the DEC has arrested a 24-year-old man of John Laing Township in Lusaka for allegedly trafficking in pure grade cocaine.
Joseph Mwamba was allegedly found with 16 sachets of cocaine powder after a DEC search at his house.
And 94 people were arrested in the last seven days for trafficking in different quantities of cannabis weighing a total of 428kgs.
Among them are two Somali nationals resident in Ndola who were found in possession of 34 bundles of Mirra, weighing over 12kgs.
Meanwhile, Police in Kitwe have arrested three suspected conmen, including a foreigner, for allegedly swindling businessmen out of huge sums of money on the pretext that they supplied pharmaceutical seeds.
Copperbelt Police commanding officer Martin named the suspects as Keith Musonda, 36, Lameck Katongo, 18 and Person Brian Gordon, a foreigner from unknown country.
He said the three were arrested in Kitwe on january 19 in separate incidences and that a fourth suspect, identified only as Bolas, eluded the police.
Dr Malama said the four suspects allegedly played different roles in the execution of their swindle.
He said one would act as a lawyer, another as a buyer; a third as a farmer and the fourth as a mediator between the buyer and an unsuspecting businessmen.
He said the three have been charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and that they will appear in court soon.
Meanwhile, a pedestrian in Kitwe has died on the spot after being hit by a motor vehicle on the Kitwe-Ndola dual carriageway.
Kitwe district commanding officer Nelson Phiri said the motorist is on the run.
And CHIMWEMWE MWALE reports that two Zambians have been convicted for aiding and abetting an illegal immigrant.
Immigration Department public relations officer Justine Siame said two, Rick Namate and Ken Kaunda, were fined K3 million each or two years imprisonment with hard labour in default.
And NEBAT MBEWE reports that a contract employee’s leg was severed and an arm severely damaged in an accident at the Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) Nchanga Smelter in Chingola on January 21.
KCM manager for corporate affairs, Jacqueline Kabeta said in a statement released yesterday that Mr Arnold Malama’s leg was severed just under the knee and he suffered multiple fractures to the right arm.
She said Mr Malama has been hospitalised at the Nchanga South Hospital.
“The accident happened when the employee, Arnold Malama’s safety harness got caught in the electrical hammer, trapping him as he was working at the Electrostatic Precipitator,” Ms Kabeta said.