DEC arrests 12 small scale farmers for growing cannabis

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The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) in Eastern Province has arrested twelve (12) small scale farmers of Mambwe District for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing over two tonnes.

Those arrested in separate incidences but in Simukonda Village of Mambwe District include Moses Phiri, 23, Mambwe Phiri, 42, and John Banda, 42, for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 1.07 tonnes.

Others arrested and jointly charged are Robson Banda, 42, and Falesi Mbewe, 35, for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 395kg, Lameck Banda, 42, and his wife Eletina Jere, 36, for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 392kg, Kelvin Jere, 34, and Eliness Banda, 35, for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 375kg.

Also arrested is Able Banda, 46, for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 150kg and Godwin Phiri, 65, for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 110kg.

Meanwhile, the commission in Western Province has arrested Anold Kayando, 43, a Businessman of Inyambo village in Mulobezi District for trafficking in loose cannabis weighing 32.4kg and Perry Likando, 33, a small scale farmer of Kashamu Primary School Area in Kaoma District for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing 26.9kg and trafficking in loose cannabis weighing 13.7kg.

And in Lusaka Province the Commission has arrested and jointly charged Azwell Tembo, 22, a businessman of Lusaka-West and German Banda, 20, of Zingalume Compound in Lusaka for trafficking in twelve (12) sachets of heroin.

All suspects will appear in court soon.

This is contained in a statement issued to QTV News by DEC Deputy Public Relations Officer Kamufisa Manchishi.

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    Set’em free n arrest all those selling tujilijili. Herb is the healing of the nation n alcohol is the destruction…Robert Nesta Marley

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    Dear Editor
    WAR IS NOT GOOD!For the few that are still blindly supporting Edgar Lungu’s evil agenda to bring war in Zambia, please get it from us that war is bad. Edgar Lungu and his fellow dictators in PF have acquired so much wealth in less than 5 years which they can use to flee this country once the war breaks, God forbids. So try by all means not to follow this blood dictator before u help him to bring war in this country. We refuse war in this wonderful country. Let the dictator be isolated, let him not be allowed to divide us and bring war in this country. Edgar Lungu, Richard Sakala, Mumbi Phiri, Sunday Chanda, Stephen Kampyongo, Frank Bwalya, Rev Pukuta Mwanza, Bishop Ndhlovu of BIGOCA are war mongers who hate peace in this country. We are aware of their countless…

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      We are aware of how they way back planned to arrest HH. We are aware that they are now conteplating to fire the Army Commander and the Police IG to put the people who support their evil acts.

      They have corruptly accumulated a lot of wealth which they can use to escape war in this country. Today they are indirectly championing it, knowing for sure they will run out of the country once the war starts. Say No to PF propaganda meant at in sighting citizens to rise at each other. Zambia is our only country and lets safe guard this peace jealously. Our brothers and sisters in North Africa are crying for this peace which we are taking for granted by supporting dictatorship. Please lets safe guard this peace.

      Preach peace not division.

      We Zambian Soldiers support the statement of three…

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    EASTERNERS AND VYAMBA ARE INSEPARABLE THUS WHY LUNGU AND RB HALUCINATE TOO MUCH , LET ALONE MUMBI PHIRI SMOKES ALOT OF IT VIVA KUMAWA

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    When the world is moving to legalisation, and the fact that cannabis was banned after alcohol was legalised again, I would say let them go with a nominal fine. Or no conviction at all.

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