Drug trafficking can destroy the country’s economy, says Shakafuswa
Finance deputy minister Jonas Shakafuswa says drug trafficking has potential to destroy the country’s economy if left uchecked.
Mr Shakafuswa has since challenged the Zambia Revenue Authority, ZRA, the Drug Enforcement Commission, DEC, and other stakeholders to work together in combating drug trafficking.
Mr Shakafusha said this in Lusaka last night during a cocktail party to commemorate World Customs Day under the theme ‘Combating Illicit Trafficking in Drugs and Psychotropic substances.’
At the same function, ZRA, Commissioner General Chriticles Mwansa said ZRA has put in place measures to combat drug trafficking in border areas and other entry points.
Mr. Mwansa said customs officers will be working hand in hand with DEC and other security enforcement agencies in combating illicit drug dealing.
He added that ZRA will be sending customs officers for training in drug trafficking.
Mr Mwansa said scanning equipment will be installed at airports and other border areas to track down drug trafficking.
And DEC commissioner Peter Chingaipe said drug trafficking has remained a major risk factor in spreading HIV/AIDS.
Mr Chingaipe said this in a speech read on his behalf by DEC spokesperson Rosten Chulu.