13 arrested for illegal fuel trading in Lusaka, authorities say


Thirteen people have been arrested for illegal fuel dealings in Lusaka, leading to authorities confiscating 6,090 liters of fuel worth K188,000.

Energy Regulations Board (ERB) Public Relations Manager, Namukolo Kasumpa, and Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) Public Relations Officer, Mwenge Mulenga, said this in a joint statement in Lusaka on Saturday.

Kasumpa and Mwenge said the operation, which commenced on Thursday and continued until Friday morning was aimed at curbing the rampant illegal fuel vending across the country.

“During the operation, 13 people were arrested for offences related to illegal fuel dealings,” the duo stated.

Kasumpa and Mwenge said all apprehended suspects were currently detained in police custody and awaiting formal charges.

“During the operation, officers seized approximately 6,090 litres of fuel worth over K188,000,” they said.

The duo identified the siezed items as 17 drums and 80 by 20 litre containers from Lusaka and 46 by 20 litre containers from Shimabala, Kafue, Turnpike and Nasenga areas.

“Other items seized included four (04) pumps, a total sum of K25,825 in cash, two bicycles, three cell phones, 06 X 1000L empty plastic pellet containers, 53 X 210L empty metallic, plastic drums and several assorted empty plastic 20L containers,” Kasumpa and Mwenge said.

They assured the nation that the task force on illegal fuel vending remained resolute and committed to eradicating vice.

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They also stated that the illegal activity undermined national revenue through tax evasion, jeopardized engine performance on the vehicles of those that use it due to the uncertain quality of fuel.

“It also poses significant public safety risks due to improper storage, potentially leading to fires and loss of life and property,” Kasumpa and Mwenge added.

The duo warned those engaging in illegal fuel vending to desist from the vice or face the law.

Kasumpa and Mwenga pledged to continue partnering with the members of the public who consistently report suspected illegal fuel vending activities.

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