Zambian Government Vows Unyielding Support for DEC’s Fight Against Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering.

The Government of Zambia has pledged its unwavering support to the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) in its fight against modern threats, including money laundering, illicit drug trafficking, and other related offences. This commitment was made by the Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Hon. Jack Mwiimbu, during the 23rd DEC Senior Officer’s Conference held in Siavonga.
Hon. Mwiimbu acknowledged the DEC’s critical role in safeguarding the nation against emerging threats, highlighting its efforts in tackling money laundering, cross-border crime, human trafficking, and the illegal drug trade. He emphasized the government’s dedication to providing the necessary resources, including comprehensive training and capacity-building programs, to empower the Commission in its crucial work. Additionally, he stressed the importance of strengthening the intelligence system to effectively confront the evolving nature of these challenges.
Addressing the rising issue of drug abuse in urban communities, particularly the “junkie phenomenon,” Hon Mwiimbu commended the DEC’s efforts in curbing this problem and urged the Commission to utilize its expertise to eradicate it. He emphasized that reducing the demand for illicit substances by cracking down on users would ultimately weaken the supplier market, making it easier to manage the situation.
Furthermore, the Minister lauded the DEC’s contribution to combating money laundering, acknowledging the critical role its investigations play in recovering embezzled assets. He emphasized the current administration’s zero-tolerance policy towards corruption and money laundering, urging the Commission to continue its unwavering pursuit of investigations, including those involving public officials.
Meanwhile, in his welcoming remarks, the Director General of the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), Mr. Nason Banda, outlined the organization’s theme for the year as “Beyond Boundaries: Navigating Tomorrow’s Frontiers in Combating Drugs and Money Laundering.” Mr. Banda reflected on the accomplishments of the past year, highlighting the successful alignment with the 2022-2026 Strategic Plan and the significant progress made in meeting objectives for 2023. He disclosed that the institution reported achievements such as a notable increase in awareness levels, successful counselling programs for drug-dependent individuals, and the investigation and conclusion of a substantial percentage of new drug cases reported.
The Director General emphasized the Commission’s commitment to disrupting illicit activities, citing the successful destabilization of drug cartels and the thorough investigation of all reported cases related to money laundering. Mr. Banda also underscored the organization’s dedication to staff development, with all 89 planned members of staff undergoing successful training and contributing to a skilled and knowledgeable workforce.
Addressing fellow leaders and officers, he urged collective efforts in navigating the evolving challenges of combating drugs and money laundering. He has since emphasized the importance of a proactive approach in 2024, adherence to the presidential directive of disposing of cases within five months, and active utilization of non-conviction-based forfeitures for the swift recovery of public resources. Looking ahead, Mr Banda envisioned an era defined by innovation and collaboration in combating drug-related and money-laundering crimes, highlighting the significance of education and counselling services in contributing to a healthier and more resilient community. The Director General urged everyone to unite in creating positive change and broadening their impact, aligning with the overarching goal of fostering a healthier and more resilient community under his leadership.

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