Lusaka, Tuesday, 11th September, 2018-The Drug Enforcement Commission has received with concern the allegations by the Judiciary and Allied Workers Union of Zambia (JAWUZ) president Peter Mwale regarding investigations into the disappearance of 24 Kg of cocaine which was part of other exhibits in an active case.
It should be noted that the case involving theft of the drugs was actually reported by the Judiciary to the Zambia Police and DEC’s involvement is to the extent of the resultant offense of drug trafficking arising from the theft.
In that regard, it is the Commission’s mandate to investigate such a case without fear or favour, including summoning any officers connected to the alleged theft in order for them to be cleared or eventually arrested and presented to court for the due process of the law to take its course.
As such, the Commission will only issue full information in conjunction with the relevant security wings involved once investigations are completed in order to avoid jeopardising the case.
We call on Mr Mwale to exercise restraint and portray behaviour befitting a leader of judicial officers by avoiding to peddle such unfounded allegations.
The Drug Enforcement Commission operates on an open-door policy and members of the public, including the JAWUZ president, are free to come forward with any information they might have regarding the disappearance of the drugs in question or the people involved in the crime.
We therefore urge Mr Mwale to lodge a formal complaint to substantiate the torture allegations as opposed to making personal attacks on innocent security officers performing their mandate in a professional manner.