Arrest of Suspects Found in Possession of Counterfeit Zambian Kwacha Notes

June17,2024-The Zambia Police Service wishes to inform the public of a significant operation conducted on June 13, 2024, which led to the arrest of two suspects found in possession of counterfeit Zambian Kwacha notes.

On June 13, 2024, between 08:30 and 09:00 hours, officers from the Intellectual Property Unit (IPU), accompanied by three combatants, conducted a targeted operation at an unmarked house in Lilanda Down, Kawama, Lusaka.

The house was occupied by Mr. Amon Chima, aged 41 years, a businessman originally from Kachilamaji Village, Chief Mwase, Lundazi District. During the operation, officers recovered and seized a total of 214 counterfeit one hundred kwacha notes.

Mr. Chima was immediately taken into custody as a suspect for being found in possession of counterfeit currency. Upon further investigation, Mr. Chima identified Mr. Gabriel Mwanza, aged 50 years, of Hellen Kaunda Compound, Lusaka, originally from Zibanibana Village, Chief Nyanje, Petauke District, as the supplier of the counterfeit notes. Mr. Mwanza was subsequently apprehended in the COMESA area of Lusaka.

The two suspects, Mr. Amon Chima and Mr. Gabriel Mwanza, have been jointly charged with possession of counterfeit notes, contrary to Section 358 of the Penal Code Act Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia. They are currently detained at separate police stations and are awaiting their court appearances.

The Zambia Police Service remains committed to safeguarding the integrity of the nation’s currency and will continue to take stringent measures against individuals involved in counterfeiting activities. We urge the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities related to counterfeit currency to the nearest police station.

Rae Hamoonga

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