A team of police officers has been mobilised to hunt down former Labour Minister, Austin Liato, whose whereabouts remain unknown after security agents exhumed two trunks containing K2.1 billion from his farm in Mwembeshi.
Inspector-General of Police, Martin Malama, disclosed this in Lusaka yesterday saying a man-hunt has been launched for Mr. Liato. “A manhunt has been launched for Mr. Liato who has failed to avail himself to the law enforcement agencies to explain the source of the money that was found hidden in two trunks and buried under thick concrete on his premises,” he said Dr Malama appealed to the former minister to come out in the open and explain the source of the K2.1 billion to the law enforcement agencies.
“The DEC, ACC and the Police are looking for him, they want answers. Mr. Liato should come out so that we talk to him and give answers not only to the law enforcement agencies but also the nation at large,” he
said Efforts to contact Mr. Liato failed as all his mobile phones were not reachable.
A combined team of officers from the Zambia Police Service, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), last week, a raided Mr. Liato’s farm at Lot 44, Mpamba
Settlement Scheme in Mwembeshi area where they conducted an operation which yielded K2.1 billion cash.
The officers had to force open a safe before retrieving two metal trunks in which K50,000 and K20,000 notes were discovered in bundles of K25 million. The safe with trunks containing the money was buried under a thick layer of concrete which the officers struggled with for hours before gaining access.
The MMD, in which Mr. Liato is chairperson for labour, has since suspended the former minister to give him time to attend to the matter. The former ruling party has also distanced itself from Mr. Liato.
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