Saturday, April 20, 2024

Police Bust Illegal Checkpoints Operated by Youths in Serenje District


Authorities in Central Province have uncovered a fraudulent scheme involving youths in Chief Muchinda’s Chiefdom within Serenje District, who had been operating illegal checkpoints. Central Province Police Commissioner, Charity Munganga, confirmed the discovery, stating that swift action has been taken to dismantle the illicit operations.

According to Commissioner Munganga, reports surfaced indicating that certain youths had established unauthorized checkpoints in the area, purportedly for revenue collection purposes. These checkpoints targeted truck drivers, with extortionate amounts ranging between K1500 and K2500 allegedly demanded from each driver passing through.

Upon receiving these reports, law enforcement swiftly intervened, dismantling the illegal checkpoints and apprehending those involved in the scam. Commissioner Munganga emphasized the importance of upholding the rule of law and ensuring the safety and integrity of transportation routes.

Dispelling rumors of discord between authorities and local subjects, Commissioner Munganga clarified that the police engagement with Chief Muchinda was productive. She noted that discussions with the chief focused on the eradication of illegal checkpoints within his jurisdiction, emphasizing the need for collaborative efforts in maintaining law and order.

Furthermore, Commissioner Munganga highlighted the significance of raising awareness among youths regarding the proper channels for addressing issues such as illegal mining activities. She urged them to refrain from engaging in unlawful practices and instead encouraged reporting such activities to the appropriate authorities, including the police and the Ministry of Mines.


  1. This was PF cader money streams and will only happen in fomer PF strongholds …….

    Not allowed or tolerated with this GRZ……

  2. If these so-called ‘youths’ are not prosecuted and jailed, Zambia will soon start experiencing the ugly gang-culture common in the DRC. This area is near the DRC border. Sch illegal activities were common in the PF era. Police can’t find it difficult to apprehend these thugs surely? We want to see heads rolling fast, and Ba judiciary, you also wake up and help nip this rot in the bud.

  3. Police have to confirm with the local ruling party before they can effect arrests. It doesn’t matter which party is in power. I was arrested just for differing with a local MMD official. I explained to the police what happened, they didn’t even want to hear. After this official left I was released without telling me anything.

  4. This was the chief sending these youths to fundraise for him because he thought he was entitled since vehicles were passing through his chiefdom that’s why the chief had to be summoned and told that this is illegal. The youths were merely following instructions from the chief that’s why they were not arrested.

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