Wednesday, May 23, 2012
DEC probes drug abuse at Bob Marley memorial concert
By Masuzyo Chakwe
Wed 23 May 2012, 13:38 CAT
THE Drug Enforcement Commission says it does not give permission to anyone to abuse or traffic in illicit drugs and neither does it issue permits to anyone to hold concerts or events where drugs can be used.
Commenting on the abuse of drugs at the Bob Marley Memorial Concert held in Lusaka over a week ago, DEC public relations officer Samuel Silomba stated yesterday that those who were involved in abusing and trafficking in illicit drugs at the Marley Memorial concert did so with the full knowledge that they were breaking the law.
Silomba stated that the commission would endeavour to bring anyone abusing or trafficking in illicit drugs to book.
"The Commission has, therefore, instituted investigations into what transpired at the Bob Marley concert. The commission will also engage relevant authorities including other law enforcement agencies in seeing how these Bob Marley concerts, which have become a breeding ground for drug traffickers and abusers, can be halted," he stated.
Silomba stated that it was the commission's desire that communities and members of the public at large participate in making Zambia a drug-free nation.