Law enforcement agencies in Zambia have intercepted and seized a foreign private jet and a local plane at the country’s biggest Airport, Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka, laden with gold, weapons and over $5 million.
The State agencies believe the private jet and its occupants were clearly engaged in criminal activities yet to be established as so far 10 people have been arrested, with a promise of the number of those arrested, increasing.
It all began on Monday evening when word went around the country through social media that a serious secret undertaking was going on at the country’s biggest Airport, Kenneth Kaunda International, old terminal.
Officers from various state security agencies ran to establish the facts on the ground and indeed, a suspicious foreign private jet, known as Global Express T7-WW, was found with guns, suspected gold and over $5 million cash-laden on it.
The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), the lead state agency dealing with this matter has just confirmed that a foreign private jet and another Zambian owned plane have now been seized following suspected criminal activities.
The private jet that came from Cairo, Egypt and had its final destination as Zambia was supposed to return within a short time before it was intercepted and seized yesterday.
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Last night, a private jet was intercepted at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport trying to bring in 600 pieces of Gold and $5 Million Cash for delivery into Zambia. I am getting concerned about the future of our country !!! pic.twitter.com/PAVHWerkF9
— Joseph Kalimbwe (@joseph_kalimbwe) August 15, 2023
DEC Director General, Nason Banda, confirms.
The Law Enforcement Director General has gone further to say that nine foreigners and one Zambian have since been detained pending formal charging and possible arrest.
The DEC Boss has however refused to comment if the said Zambian is politically connected noting that investigations into this matter are continuing but the seized items are now in custody of the State.
They have been concerns coming from stakeholders including politicians on suspected illegal lifting of minerals from Zambia and gold has been at the height of those.
Opposition leader of the Socialist Party, Fred M’membe and another Parliamentarian, Binwell Mpundu, have been on record making claims of gold and other resources being taken out illegally from the country.
Zambians are now eagerly waiting to know the truth and Zambians connected to the matter, especially if it is politically connected.
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