Lewis Nathan advocates’s Lewis Chisanga Mosho this morning dared the Drug Enforcement Commission to charge him with any offence they deem fit following the DEC six-month long seizure of the law firm and his personal accounts.
Mosho who issued a statement of demand released to the media in the morning went to the DEC offices a fe minutes before 09:00 hours and could not be attended to by the Commissioner Alita Mbhawe.
DEC sources disclosed that the Commissioner who drove out of the premises and Mosho accompanied by his lawyers from Mvunga & Associates and Mulenga Mundashi & Company Keith Mweemba and Linda Kasonde respectively.
The trio spent about two hours without any sign of DEC authorities effecting an arrest and was later informed by the deputy Commissioner Lottie Mpundu that the institution would get in touch with them later in the day.
The Lusaka High Court last weekend granted Mosho leave to challenge the DEC decision to seize the accounts by way of judicial review whose inter-parte hearing date has not been set.
by the Lusaka High Court which will be subjected to an inter-parte hearing to challenge the DEC continued freezing of the bank accounts on grounds that the law firm and he, Mosho were under investigations over the Shoprite K49billionm worth shares sold to Zambians.
And sources at DEC further said the Commissioner was cheated by officers investigating the matter that they could not make a decision on whether to charge Mosho because he was out of reach and that their expected search at his former residence did not yield any results. The officers made the Commission to believe that Mosho was eluding the officers.
But investigations reveal that DEC officers stormed Mosho old residence and they seem not to be aware that he left the named Lusaka suburb several months ago and was now residing in Kabulonga, as his affidavit sworn last week in the Lusaka High Court indicate.
Those close to the law firm are also wondering how officers could be saying that Mosho was at large when they have had searches conducted at his law firm and that his lawyers representing him in the matter were even present during last week’s search.
STATEMENT ISSUED BY LEWIS CHISANGA MOSHO
(20TH FEBRUARY, 2012 AT 08:45)
HIS SERVES TO INFORM YOU THAT I HAVE THIS MORNING OF 20TH FEBRUARY 2012 COME TO THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT COMMISSION (DEC) TO DEMAND THAT THE DEC CHARGES ME WITH ANY OFFENCE WHICH THEY HAVE AGAINST ME. I WILL NOT LEAVE THE PREMISES UNTIL I RECEIVE THOSE CHARGES, SO THAT THE MATTER IS TRIED BY COURTS OF LAW AND COMPLETED.
FOR ALMOST 6 MONTHS NOW, DEC HAS BEEN MAKING SEVERAL INSINUATIONS AROUND THE MARKET, THEY HAVE NOT CALLED ME FOR ANY INTERVIEW NEITHER HAS THE DEC LAID ANY CHARGES AGAINST ME NOR MY FIRM (LEWIS NATHAN ADVOCATES), BUT THEY HAVE CHOSEN TO KEEP ON GOING ROUND AND ROUND, AND IN THE PROCESS MY REPUTATION HAS BEEN ADVERSELY AFFECTED, AND A LOT OF DAMAGE HAS BEEN DONE. IT IS ASSUMED THAT PERSONS SEIZED WITH RESPONSIBILITY HAVE SUFFERED FROM INDECISION ON ACCOUNT OF COMPROMISE.
WE HAVE IRREFUTABLE INFORMATION ABOUT DEC OFFICERS WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THIS INVESTIGATION, AND WE KNOW HOW COMPROMISED THEY HAVE BEEN IN THIS CASE, AND HOW THEY HAVE BEEN USED BY PERSONS WHO OTHERWISE OUGHT TO BE ANSWERABLE AT LAW.
THE DEC OFFIECERS TOGETHER WITH THEIR ACCOMPLICES HAVE BEEN SENDING DAMAGING WORDS AROUND, AND THE QUESTION I WISH TO POSE IS, WHY HAVE THEY NOT PLACED CHARGES AGAINST ME, ON THIS VERY STARIGHT FORWARD TRANSACTION, WHICH INVOLVED SHOPRITE AUTHORISING ME TO SELL THE SHARES IN ZAMBIA, AND WHICH INVOLVED SHOPRITE AUTHORISING ME TO REMIT PROCEEDS OF SALE IN A CERTAIN WAY?
THE SAME DEC THAT I NOTIFIED ABOUT THESE TRANSACTIONS THREE YEARS AGO AND WHICH NOTICE WAS OFFICIALLY ACKNOWLEDGED BY THEM, HAS NEVER ACTED ON THAT NOTICE, BUT THEY, FOLLOWING SECRET MEETINGS WITH THEIR GIANT MASTERS, NOW WISH TO CONTINUE PROTECTING THEIR MASTERS.
I ASSUME THAT ZAMBIA, A COUNTRY OF FREE CITIZENS, WITH A VERY SOBER AND HARD WORKING GOVERNMENT, SHOULD NOT BE USED AS A PLACE WHERE PERSONS COME TO USE STATUTORY INSTITUTIONS WITH A VIEW TO ESCAPING FROM RESPONSBILITY. I HAVE SINCE APPLIED TO THE HIGH COURT TO REVIEW THE DECSIONS OF DEC, BASED ON SEVERAL GROUNDS, INCLUDING FAUTING OF PROCEDURE, IMPROPER MOTIVE AND ILLEGALITY.
ALSO, I WISH TO PUT IT ON RECORD THAT I HAVE BEEN RECEIVING DEATH THREATS FROM ANNONYMOUS PERSONS, CALLING ME TO QUICKLY ADMIT SHOPRITE CLAIMS, OR ELSE I LOSE MY LIFE IN A VERY NATURAL WAY. I STATE THAT I CANNOT DO THIS IN MY OWN COUNTRY; SUCH THREATS ARE MEANT TO INTIMIDATE ME, OR IF THE SAME THREATS ARE SERIOUS, THEY ARE MEANT TO ERASE EVIDENCE WHICH I STAND READY TO SUBMIT TO COURTS OF LAW AT THE RIGHT TIME.
ALLCORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN SHOPRITE AND I SINCE 2003 IS A SUBJECT OF FORENSIC EXAMINATION BY EXPERTS DRAWN FROM VARIOUS INDEPENDENT JURIDISCTION FOR, AMONG OTHER THINGS, AUTHENTICITY PURPOSES, AND CORRESPONDENCE MADE TO THE DEC HAS BEEN SO SUBJECTED.