Police in Southern Province have arrested another Chinese and a Zambian owner of a security company called Alert Safety, for drilling Zambians in illegal military training at a secluded camp near Livingstone.
The development bring the total number of those arrested to 11, in a case where police also confiscated an assortment of fire arms.
“We have arrested another Chinese national and a Zambian director of Alert Safety Security in Livingstone, who are both suspects in the case of unlawful drilling eight shotguns and pistol were recovered. This now brings to eleven the total number of suspects who are helping with police investigations with two Chinese nationals and nine Zambians. We have constituted a combined team of District Joint Operations Committee (DJOC) to probe the matter,” said Southern Province Police Commissioner Bonny Kapeso in a statement yesterday.
On Saturday, Kapeso disclosed that the Chinese trainers had imported military fatigue gear for the Zambians trainees from China.
“Upon investigations, one pistol, seven shotguns and one big air gun with a box containing shotgun ammunition were recovered allegedly owned by the security company proprietor. The group has been conducting trainings without clearance from the police because the uniform used looks similar to the one used by Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA),” said Kapeso in a statement.
“They set up camp 10km north of Livingstone’s weighbridge and two kilometres off Great North Road. Police are waiting for the owner of the security company to establish ownership of the guns since he is based in Lusaka. All the eight suspects are in police custody helping with investigations.”