Anti-corruption agency raids Kasanda’s home, allegedly in connection with evolving ‘gold’ scandal


The Joint Investigative Team (JIT) on Thursday raided the residence of Lusaka businessman, Shadreck Kasanda, reportedly in connection with the unfolding imported ‘gold’ scandal.

The intriguing scandal and unfolding drama has kept Zambians in suspense.

Early in the week, a suspected transaction at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) was bursted leading to the grounding of a private jet and seizure of several prized minerals, and about US$5.7 million. Ten suspects had been arrested in the process.

However, a drama ensued after the suspected gold aboard the aircraft was later reported to be copper, zinc and tin, according to Paul Kabuswe, the Minister of Mines.

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The development prompted Home Affairs and Internal Security Minister, Jack Mwiimbu, to ban government agencies and ministries offering unsolicited comments on the matter.

On Thursday, the JIT raided Kasanda’s residence at three different intervals, the first being 03:00 hours in the morning.

Kasanda became the latest suspect to be linked to the two jets carrying over US$$ 5.6 million and gold, which was intercepted after a whistleblower reportedly raised the alarm.

He was taken to the joint investigative team offices at 15: 30 hours for interrogation and is still detained as at press time.

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