Police in Ndola have arrested and charged three illegal miners with an offence of criminal trespass.
The suspects were apprehended on March 4, 2023 at 10:30 hours in Mushili Lupili area of Ndola where it is alleged that they were illegally mining manganese.
Brief facts are that on the material date, police officers from masala police post were alerted by members of the community that illegal miners were loading manganese onto a truck which they had illegally mined.
Police officers rushed to the area where the illegal activity was being conducted and managed to arrest three people who included the driver of the truck which was being loaded with manganese identified as Thompson Matimba aged 36 of House Number 337/14 Chipata Compound in Ndola.
Others arrested include Chiza Matimba aged 34 years of House Number NSS446 Chazanga Lusaka and Emmanuel Nsamba aged 35 of 2224 Ndeke Ndola .
The suspects are currently detained in police custody while the Scania truck registration Number BAF 2470 and trailer registration number 7302 belonging to Shaann carriers of Lusaka which was found about a quarter loaded with manganese has been impounded and parked at Masala Police Station.