DEC arrests headman over dagga

The Drug Enforcement Commission has arrested a Headman of Mugolo village in Chief Mwanza’s area in Monze District for cultivating about 2.8 tonnes of fresh cannabis, according to DEC spokesperson John Nyawali.

Meanwhile, two men from the neighbourhood watch at Shiyala village in chief Liteta in Chibombo district have been killed and their bodies dumped into a disused well.
Headman Atulade Mweemba, 40, was arrested together with five other peasant farmers of the same area.
The cannabis was uprooted from three fields with an approximated area of five hectares.
In Choma, the Commission also arrested a 14 year old grade seven pupil of Mwapona community School for drug trafficking.
The juvenile was found selling cannabis which he claimed was for his guardian who gave him to sale on his behalf.
The Commission would like to express sadness with the increasing number of juveniles being used as drug couriers, as such, would like to appeal to members of the public to help curb the trend which is gradually affecting the future leaders of our nation.
Meanwhile, the Commission has arrested 27 people countrywide for trafficking in various quantities of cannabis.
Among those arrested include a 62 year old man of George compound in Lusaka for cultivating 125 kilograms of cannabis.
Mr. Penyesani Daka, cultivated the cannabis from one of the backyard gardens situated in the heart of the compound.

All the suspects are currently detained in Police custody and will appear in courts soon.

In the Chibombo killings, Central province police commanding officer Simon Mpande   named the two deceased as Joseph Phiri 38 and Earnest Mutampuka 39 both of Shiyala village.

Mr. Mpande explained that the two had gone ahead of police officers from Keembe to apprehend a suspect in an arson case reported in Kakunka village on 13th September.

But the duo were killed and their bodies dumped into a disused well until Tuesday this week when curious villagers reported of a strong adour coming from a well.

Mr. Mpande said a fire brigade team from Chibombo was engaged to help out and apparently two bodies identified as those of Joseph Phiri and Earnest Mutampuka, were retrieved.

He said postmortem was carried out yesterday and burial of the two bodies would take place today.

Mr. Mpande said the suspect was still on the run and appealed to the communities in Keembe area to help the police with the whereabouts of the suspect he did not name for security reasons.

And Mr. Mpande disclosed that a 23 year old man of masaka area in Chikonkomene named as Teckson Sikana was run over by a goods train on Tuesday this week.

He said the deceased was coming from a drinking spree when the goods train ran over at about 2ohrs.

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