Another female Zambian national has been arrested for drug trafficking in Pakistan.
Angela Busanga Chikoti, 33, of Pamodzi Compound in Ndola, was arrested for trafficking in 950 grams of heroin.
She was arrested on 23rd August, 2011 by the Anti-Narcotics Force at Benazir Bhutto International Airport (BBIA) in Islamabad, Pakistan, where she was scheduled to fly from Islamabad to Nairobi via Doha.
Angela Busanga Chikoti was later admitted to BB Hospital Rawalpindi where she expelled 97 pellets of heroin from her bowels. She is believed to have obtained and swallowed the drugs from the Tribal area of Afghanistan.
Angela’s arrest brings to a total number of eight (08) female Zambians arrested abroad for drug trafficking since January 2011.
With the increasing number of Zambian women nabbed abroad, the Drug Enforcement Commission, through its National Education Campaign Division, is collaborating with Gender in Development Division (GIDD) to organise various stakeholders through whom sensitization and awareness programs can be conveyed to the general public.
The Commission has also intensified its sensitization programs in Institutions of learning, Communities and workplaces. During the month of October, 2011, the Commission sensitized a total number of six thousand and fifty three (6053) people throughout the country. In addition, twelve (12) clients, who have been abusing different types of illicit drugs, were counselled.
In a related development, the Commission has embarked on the production and distribution of brochures, posters, flyers and booklets on the dangers of drug trafficking, drug abuse and money laundering.
Meanwhile, the Mansa Magistrate Court has convicted seven (07) Congolese nationals for drug trafficking. The sentences for the convicts range from 2 months to 18 months imprisonment with hard labour.The seven (07) Congolese nationals; Mwepwe Ngoyi, Mulundu Cleophacy, Mitonga Kimpompa, Komba Chola, Seela Nkolela, Francio Musamba and Kasongo Zhya, were arrested on different dates in October 2011 for trafficking in various quantities of loose cannabis