29 January 2013

Zambia: Malawi to Help Zambia Probe Missing DVDs

THE Malawian government has pledged to support Zambian authorities ensure successful conclusion of ongoing investigations in a case where pirated DVDs went missing at Mwami Border in Chipata in Eastern Province.

Malawi Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture, Fletcher Zenengeya said her government was ready to assist in investigations on the disappearance of the DVDs which were seized in Malawi last year.

They were destined for Zambia.

This is contained in a media statement released by First Secretary for Press at the Zambian High Commission in Malawi Chansa Kabwela in Chipata yesterday.

Mr Zenengeya made the pledge when Zambia's Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga, paid a courtesy call on him in Lilongwe.

The Malawi Revenue Authority in collaboration with the Copyright Society of Malawi, confiscated DVDs at Kamuzu International Airport last year destined for Zambia.

They were valued at KR84 million and subsequently handed them over to Zambian authorities at Mwami Border.

However, the DVDs went missing and investigations into the matter were launched.

Mr Malupenga said the case of the missing DVDs was being handled by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA).

He said the problem of piracy was widespread in Zambia and that the Government made a decision to introduce the hologram to protect audio-visual products from unscrupulous individuals.

He said he had successful engagement with the Copyright Society of Malawi and the information shared would help Zambia in its implementation process of the hologram.

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