Zambia’s police broaden counterfeit fake handset crackdown

Zambian police after confiscating Samsung handsets in Lusaka and Copperbelt regions have now rolled out to a nationwide clean-up.

Intellectual Property specialist Kingsley Nkonde said the operation is now countrywide as the government is keen on getting rid of “all” the grey handsets used in the country.

Solwezi, a mining town in western Zambia, is reportedly teeming with non-genuine handset traders than any other region as a result of its economic might.

“They should be prepared we are going to track them soon,” Nkonde warned.
Nkonde noted that the country is losing a lot of money through sneaking in of fake gadgets, which tend to be affordable and have appealing features.
He assured the nation that the security department is monitoring the situation and with the nationwide crackdown, all culprits will be arrested as well as sanity in the business sector would prevail.
As reported earlier by Humanipo, Zambia’s police in conjunction with officials of the Bureau of Standard and Cycorp Zambia Limited cracked a whip on fake mobile phones early last week and arrested over 2600 suspected counterfeit Samsung handsets in Lusaka and Copperbelt provinces.
Police deputy spokesperson Charity Chanda confirmed that the suspects had been charged for possession of goods bearing infringed copyright and performance that contradict with the country’s law.
Police approximates the value of the fake handset confiscated to be more than US$1.5 million.

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