Drug dens raided

… drugs, para­pher­na­lia seized


AN early morn­ing raid of the drug in­fested Chibolya town­ship in Lusaka by law en­force­ment of­fi­cers has been praised, with ac­tivists propos­ing a sim­i­lar ex­er­cise in other ar­eas.

Evan­gel­i­cal Youth Al­liance (EYA) pres­i­dent Moses Lungu has com­mended the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs for the timely in­ter­ven­tion to rid Chibolya of drugs say­ing it had be­come a men­ace to the com­mu­nity.

Po­lice have con­fis­cated an undis­closed amount of mar­i­juana sealed in drums, buck­ets and some in sacks fol­low­ing a joint op­er­a­tion last night.

Po­lice spokesper­son Esther Ka­tongo said 134 peo­ple were ap­pre­hended dur­ing the op­er­a­tion out of which 42 were dru­gre­lated of­fences, 87 were immigration-re­lated of­fences, while four were found in pos­ses­sion of prop­erty sus­pected to have been stolen. Reverend Lungu has called for the ex­ten­sion of the ex­er­cise to other ar­eas such as Chaisa were il­licit drug ac­tiv­i­ties were tak­ing place.

He said drugs had a “deadly” reper­cus­sion on the youth and the so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try. And 3rd Lib­er­a­tion Move­ment pres­i­dent Enock Tonga said poverty was not an ex­cuse to en­gage in il­le­gal­i­ties. Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Stephen Kampy­ongo said Chibolya com­pound is a no­to­ri­ous place and the min­istry will not sit idle and watch peo­ple break­ing the law with im­punity, stat­ing that it is sad that the fa­mous seven spir­its has been re­ar­rested again. He de­scribed the sit­u­a­tion as un­ac­cept­able, and that the op­er­a­tion would be an on­go­ing ex­er­cise and the po­lice will con­tinue pur­su­ing the crim­i­nals to en­sure that san­ity is brought among the peo­ple, and not only in Chibolya com­pound, but Cop­per­belt as well.

“Chibolya has been a no­to­ri­ous place and this is the sec­ond time my of­fi­cers have un­der­taken the op­er­a­tion there and you are able to see the harm­ful sub­stances be­ing con­fis­cated from there. And among the sus­pects, we picked up some crim­i­nals who are en­gaged in rob­bery, as well as pro­hib­ited im­mi­grants,’ said Mr Kampy­ongo. He said that some sub­stances that had been con­fis­cated were com­ing from neigh­bour­ing coun­tries; there­fore there would be tight se­cu­rity at all en­try points.

Mean­while, Ms Ka­tongo said the raid, dubbed “Ziko Reloaded” was car­ried out by of­fi­cers from the Zam­bia po­lice, Immigration De­part­ment and the DEC aimed at curb­ing il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties and restor­ing san­ity in the area.

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