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Police arrest three Tanzanian nationals for producing counterfeit spirits


Three Tanzanian nationals have been arrested by the Zambia Police for allegedly producing counterfeit cane spirits in Nakonde, Muchinga Province.

Samuel Jumanne aged 25 years of Mbemba in Tunduma and two females Devota Nelson aged 29 years and Margret Mwanpaza, 25 years both of Mwakakati in Tunduma were apprehended for the offence of Counterfeiting Trade Marks Contrary to the laws of Zambia.

The trio was arrested after the Police received intelligence information at Nakonde Police Station on August 15, 2022 at 17:00 hours from a concerned member of the public.

Brief facts of the matter are that, following the tip-off, Police in Nakonde dispatched and conducted an intelligence-led operation targeting illegal counterfeit cane spirits manufacturers in Maloni Village of Chief Waitwika of which they managed to arrest the trio.

It is reported that the offence was committed on August 15, 2022, at around 16:30 hours.

And the Zambia Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga confirmed the incident and stated that they abrogated the Counterfeiting Trade Marks Section 377 of the Penal Code Act, Chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.

Mr Hamoonga further disclosed that the officers seized three empty buckets of counterfeit Bols and Konyagi spirits, and Seventeen empty sachets of the same spirits.

“Other items found with the Tanzanian trio include four Gas Cylinders, eight bottles of Universal Stainer, five plastic dishes, two 20 litres containers of ethanol and two 210 litres drums filled with unknown substance,” Mr Hamoonga stated

Mr Hamoonga cited that the three suspects have since been detained in Police custody and will appear in court soon.


  1. When an African invents something they call it counterfeit and inferior, yet the same coconuts will go and spend lots of money on a foreign product that does the same thing. Life mu upnd

    • Why are africans like this! Contaminated baby formula from johnson & johnson is heavily imported yet african inventions ati counterfeit. Why is kachasu not on shoprite shelves by now?

    • This is not invention. It’s piracy. When anything is invented in a civilized country like Zambia you’re supposed to register a patent or copyright for it and you won’t need to hide in the bush as you manufacture it. Eventhe Kachasu brewer should likewise present his formula if he is confident. Stop justifying theft of intellectual property rights. Your country voluntarily joined and signed the Vienna convention

  2. Using someone else’s logo and trade name is counterfeiting. Now if something happens to the someone who drinks this product then the trademark owners will be blamed. Good job ZP.

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