DEC officers abduct Chifire’ wife, grab his car

DEC officers abduct Chifire’ wife, grab his car

Drug Enforcement Commission officers (DEC) Friday afternoon abducted the wife of Gregory Chifire and interrogated her for three hours. DEC also grabbed a vehicle from Chifire’s house.

Earlier this week, the PF government deregistered Committee of Citizens, an NGO Chifire was heading.

According to Chifire, DEC did not return the Ford Ranger they grabbed.

Chifire said seven armed police officers in three vehicles went to his house around 15 hours but only found his wife and children.

When they were told that Chifire was not home, they forced his wife to accompany them to the DEC headquarters where the interrogated her for close to three hours.

They asked her where her husband got the money to buy farms, houses and cars. They said Chifire has farms in Southern province and houses in Lusaka.

But Chifire complained that there was no need for the police to harass his wife in such a manner. He said his wife was traumatised as the police who picked her were heavily armed.

He wondered why they abducted his wife. He said he has not run away and accused the PF government of planning to kill him. He said Zambia is now being ruled by a dictator.

He said DEC is unprofessional and politically motivated. He said DEC officials get orders from State house to target political opponents.

‘I know they are being sent by state house. If they want to kill, let them kill me. I will never run away. This is my country,’ he said.

He said DEC is a stooge of rulers and just used to conceal corruption of those in power.

‘We will not cow down. But they must remember that one day…they must remember there was Gaddafi, Assad and there was Mubarak but they are no longer in power;’ Chifire said.

He denied owning any houses or farms but explained that he rents a farm in Southern province where he grows vegetables.

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