Police in Southern Province recover illegal guns

POLICE in Southern Province have recovered over 44 illegal firearms from residents.
This covers the whole of last year to date.
Southern Province assistant commissioner of Police Kashif Mphande said 37 illegal firearms were recovered last year while seven were recovered from January to date.
Mr Mphande said this in Choma yesterday during the commemoration of Zambia Police Service Open Day.
“Besides firearms used in murder cases, police in the region last year recovered 37 firearms that were found without proper documentation and from January to date, we have so far recovered seven firearms that were in wrong hands,” Mr Mphande said.
He said this when acting Southern Province permanent secretary Douglas Ngimbu toured an armory  exhibition stand displayed by the Zambia Police Service.
Mr Mphande cited chief Singani’s area in Choma, Kalomo and Pemba districts as notorious areas were most illegal firearms were confiscated.
He also informed Mr Ngimbu that police in the region last year secured two convictions of people found in possession of illegal firearms.
Mr Mphande is concerned that punishment under the Firearms Act is not custodial and expressed concern that fines are inadequate to effectively deter would-be offenders.
At the same stand, assistant superintendent Musiyebo Mubambe, who explained the different types of firearms on the display, appealed to members of the public to surrender illegal firearms to the police.

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