On December 12, 2012, the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) arrested a 25-year old woman and three men for trafficking in cocaine.
And Velaphi Stein, the woman on whose person the drugs were found wrapped on her thighs and stomach is a pure Zambian citizen but the DEC misled the nation that she could be British.
Velaphi is actually the younger sister to the late Lolomutuzi Mwenso-Stein, the girl who was murdered in Kitwe by her boyfriend in 2009.
The Watchdog has been reliably informed that one of the drug traffickers, and the main drug pusher is a blood nephew of President Michael Sata.
Shula Henry Kasolo, a 41-year old businessman of Lusaka is a son of Sata’ sister.
Shula is the younger brother to Antony Kasolo a Member of the Central Committee (MCC) in Michael Sata’s family forest.
Kasolo was arrested with Velaphi Stein 25, and Litia Yeta, 41, the boyfriend, Martin Mubanga, 44, an Assistant Security officer at National Airport Corporation.
DEC spokesperson Samuel Silomba said Velapi was apprehended at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport where she was scheduled to fly to London.
Whether Kasolo is still under police custody remains every one’s guess.
Meanwhile, contrary to the announcement by DEC spokesperson Samuel Silomba that Velaphi is a Briton, the Watchdog has been told that she is a local girl who is just using her step father’s name.
‘Velaphi Stein is a Zambian. The mother is Chipata woman who stays at 97 Zambezi drive in Riverside Kitwe’, said a source.
‘Velaphi’s mother is Mrs Reina Banda Stein, a local Kitwe businesswoman, in Mining Supply. She is married to a Mr Stein, a white man, formerly Financial Manager for KCM but I hear he is now working in Congo DR for a Mining company there. This man is just the step farther. She is pure black and fat…’
The source further revealed that Velaphi is a sister to the late Lolo Stein, Kitwe girl, who was murdered in Kitwe by her boyfriend.
‘Velaphi just went to England to pursue her university but she failed to complete the studies because she likes drinking and party life.
The source further said ‘Iam very shocked that she was used as a transporter of drugs. I don’t think it was her business. She is just a loose girl who loves high life and playing too much. This must be a big shock to her granny in Kamwala who was accommodating her during her stay in Lusaka since this year.’
In the third week of November, Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) in Lusaka arrested two men for supplying marijuana to official at State House.
Brian Kakoma and Donald Chileshe were delivering bolls of marijuana and traditional sex drive enhancement herbs called mutototo to officials# at the entrance to State House when officers from the Mobile Unit pounced on the
“It appears they are regular supplies. They were found at the State House gate around 12:00 hours. They had about 78 bolls of marijuana and a lot of mutototo which some people mix with the drug when taking. So what was happening is that the State House officers were walking towards the suppliers who were standing by the (western) entrance to buy the dagga one by one. After you buy, you go back and continue working on duty. When the Mobile Unit police officers approached, the buyers ran into hiding,” the source explained.
“After they were apprehended, the suppliers could not explain properly who they were selling the drugs to so they were taken to Woodlands Police Station. At about 16:00 hours, we were alerted and we went to pick them up. We also discovered that one of them was dumb. Right now they are in our custody but we gave them back the mutototo because there is no law in Zambia that forbids the sale of that particular drug,” the sources explained.
When contacted for a comment, DEC public relations officer Samuel Silomba said he was still waiting for a report from the provincial DEC office by press time yesterday.
Specualtion is high that the drugs were meant for big people inside State House.