Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), Zambia and AGA-Africa Programme Collaborate for a Financial Investigations Workshop

Zambia continues to see a rise in financial crimes and these are done either electronically or using manual systems. Due to these emerging trends, the Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit (AMLIU) of the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) continually seeks to enhance the overall effectiveness in its investigations.

In its efforts towards curbing Money Laundering, AGA-Africa Programme in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) – Zambia organized a three-day workshop themed “Financial Investigations” from 26th to 28th May 2021.

The three-day workshop was aimed at providing essential knowledge that will assist in the prevention and disruption of Money Laundering, associated predicate offences, the financing of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism financing activity as well as providing competencies that will deprive criminals of their illicit proceeds and terrorist of the resources needed to finance their activities.

Keynote addresses were delivered by Dr. Musonda Simwayi, Commissioner, Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), Ronnet Mbolela Chanda, Deputy Commissioner, Markus Green, AGA-Africa Programme Board Member, Chansa Chibwe, Assistant Commissioner, Deputy Head Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit (DEC),  and Dr. Freda Mwamba Brazle, Managing Partner, Innovatus Zambia and AGA-Africa Programme Country Coordinator for Zambia.

The discussions were led by seasoned subject matter experts Scott Blake, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Arizona Attorney General and Rachel Heintz, Assistant Attorney General, Southern, Arizona White Collar and Criminal Enterprise Section, Arizona Attorney General’s Office, James Manyonge, Director, Legal & Compliance, Financial Reporting Centre, Kenya, Steven Sumbukeni, Chief Investigations Officer under the Anti, Money Laundering Investigations Unit, Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) Zambia, Mathias Kamanga, Senior Investigations Officer, Head Public Relations Unit, Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) Zambia.