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Stories about my removal as DG, Drug Enforcement Commission purely speculative —Chirwa


Mary Chirwa has said she is still the Director General of the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) contrary to reports that President Hichilema has removed her from the Commission and appointed her High Commissioner designate to Mozambique.

Chirwa said she has no idea that President Hichilema has removed her from DEC as she had not received any official communication apart from the gossip buzz on social media.

She said she was still the boss of DEC and that unless there was official communication, her removal from the Commission and subsequent appointment into foreign service was but speculation.

Asked if she had been removed as DEC director general and appointed as High Commissioner designate to Mozambique, Chirwa responded in an in an interview: “I have no idea. It has not been communicated to me. I am sure you must have heard on Diamond TV that I do not know that I have been removed and appointed into foreign service.”

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And asked if she was still Director General of the Drug Enforcement Commission, Chirwa responded: “I am still at DEC.”

In July last year, steamy videos containing obscene materials showing a woman believed to be Chirwa emerged, sparking calls for President Hichilema to dismiss the DEC boss.

The videos showed a woman in a room fondling with her genitals who displayed remarkable resemblance to Chirwa. It was unclear when and where the videos were recorded and released.

The videos were widely circulated on social media, especially on several WhatsApp blogs with many bloggers expressing disgust at the conduct they strongly believed was the DEC boss.

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Following the publication of the pornographic videos, Economic Front (EF) president, Wynter Kabimba, dragged Chirwa to court but the matter has never taken off despite the opposition leader having applied for a writ of mandamus.

The file had been with the judge in-charge awaiting allocation for many months.

Kabimba in his submission stated that it was not fair that three women from Kitwe’s Mindolo Township who had committed a similar infringement had already been arraigned while both the Police and ZICTA were silent about Chirwa’s case.

Kabimba filed a writ of mandamus in the High Court demanding that ZICTA Director General and Zambia Police Inspector General release the findings of the investigation into the pornographic video allegedly involving Chirwa.

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