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Minister Mwiimbu warns public against scandalizing govt over items on seized private jets in Lusaka


Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Jack Mwiimbu, has warned politicians against scandalising the Presidency and State House Staff in issues surrounding the seized suspected gold and over $5million at Kenneth Kaunda Airport.

On Monday, the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) announced the seizure of 602 pieces of suspected gold weighing 127.2 kilogramme, five pistols, seven magazines, 126 rounds ammunition and equipment used for measuring gold.

Mines and Minerals Development Minister, Paul Kabuswe, on Tuesday however clarified that the suspected gold that was seized by the DEC was actually copper, tin and zinc.

Addressing Journalists on Wednesday in Luanda, Angola, Mwiimbu has also advised government wings to refrain from talking about the matter but leave it to the DEC to handle as they were the lead team in the investigations.

He urged members of the public to desist from making unsubstantiated comments on the matter as doing so would jeopardize the investigations.

Mwiimbu also refuted claims that the plane and minerals seized by the DEC had gone missing.

“The plane is under seizure by DEC and is parked at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport while the minerals are in the hands of investigative wings,” he said.

Mwiimbu said the suspects were still in custody as the investigations were still ongoing and government would not interfere with the investigations.

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“We also want to urge members of the public who may have information pertaining to these investigations to inform investigative wings on the information they may have in order for the investigative wings to expedite the investigations,” he said.

Mwiimbu also threatened to take action against certain individuals in future who were making wild allegations over the matter.

“Politicians must not use this particular unfortunate situation to scandalize the Presidency, the President and members of Staff at State House should be left alone, let the investigative wings investigate the matter and the truth shall be known,” he said.

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