A JOINT operation team of the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) and Zambia Police Service has arrested a New Apostolic Church priest in Lukulu District for drug trafficking.
DEC public relations manager, John Nyawali said in Lusaka yesterday that Godfrey Chifunda, 37, a priest at Kangoi Congregation, was arrested after he was found with four bags of dry cannabis weighing more than 80 kilogrammes.
“Priest Chifunda becomes the second clergyman from New Apostolic Church to be arrested for drug trafficking in the last 12 months after another one was on Christmas Eve last year arrested for cultivating about a tonne of cannabis near the church premises,” Mr Nyawali said.
He said Mr Kangoi was in police custody and would appear in court soon.
Mr Nyawali said the commission was saddened with the increasing number of clerics arrested for flouting the law and appealed to the Church mother bodies to closely monitor activities of the men and women of God in order to restore the public’s confidence in them.
Meanwhile, 52 people were arrested countrywide in the last five days for trafficking in various quantities of cocaine and cannabis with a total weight of 248 kilogrammes.
Those arrested included a 20-year-old Grade Nine pupil of Mweke Basic School in Mongu who was found selling 20 kilogrammes of cannabis.
Another one was Jeff Hamuwele, a resident of Chamba Valley in Lusaka who was arrested in Chelston residential area where he was found with three sachets of cocaine which he wanted to sell.
[Times of Zambia]