Police in Zambia arrested two Chinese nationals over the weekend over allegations that they were giving illegal military training to members of a local security firm.
Police said one was arrested on Saturday and another on Sunday in the country’s tourist capital, Livingstone.
In total, at least 11 people, including Zambians, were arrested in the operation.
A Zambian director of Alert Safety Security in Livingstone was also detained.
The nine were round up near the Livingstone Weighbridge and two kilometres off Great North Road.
Southern Province Police Commissioner, Bonnie Kapeso said the suspects were found with one pistol, seven shotguns and one big air gun with a box containing shotgun ammunition.
Southern Province Police Commissioner Bonny Kapeso said in a statement that Police had confiscated shotguns, a pistol and ammunition, he added.
The military hardware allegedly belongs to a security company whose proprietor is Lusaka based.
Mr. Kapeso said the group has been conducting trainings without clearance from the police further adding that the uniform used looks similar to the one used by National Parks and Wildlife Authority.
“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 Mr. Kapeso in a statement
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.
He said Police are waiting for the owner of the security company to establish ownership of the guns since he is based in Lusaka while the suspects are in custody helping with investigations. Lusaka Times