It is provisional liquidator of the Post Newspapers Lewis Mosho who ordered Police to take over the house belonging to Fred M’membe in Shiwangandu. According to ZNBC, mosho says the property was acquired from proceeds of crime.
The property is located in Mwika Village of Sub-Chief Mwabawankulungwe in Senior Chief Nkula – Shiwang’andu DistrictPolice have since sealed off the property.
Muchinga Province Police Commissioner Joe Njase confirmed the taking over of the house saying Mr. Mosho made the ‘request’ in a letter dated June 19, 2019.
Over 30 men clad in police uniform and driven in three vehicles raided Dr M’membe’s house, broke the gate and locks and removed all the ornaments decorating the residence.
At the time this was happening, Dr M’membe, who is Socialist Party’s 2021 presidential candidate, was addressing his maiden public rally in Kitwe.
But Njase said this is part of asset recoveries arising from the complaint raised by former workers in respect to the liquidation of the company.
He said it is their mandate as Zambia Police under Article 193 sub-Article 2 to protect life and property, among other functions.
Mr. Njase said the request by the provisional liquidator is in line with Police mandate and that as Police they are mindful that this is an allegation hence need to also respect the suspect Dr. Fred M’membe.
He claimed that police will remain professional and hope that both the liquidator and Dr M’membe will cooperate with the investigations team by availing all necessary documents to prove otherwise.
In a consent judgement delivered on January 10, 2018, High Court Judge Sunday Nkonde declared The Post Newspaper Limited in liquidation insolvent and wound up. The owners of the Post were not part of the consent judgment.
The court also confirmed Mr. Mosho as the provisional liquidator.
And on December 20, 2018, Mr. Mosho placed a Caveat over the piece of land allocated to Dr. M’membe in Mwika village.
The Caveat was placed following a judgement delivered On December 11, 2018 by the Constitutional Court that awarded costs to The Post Newspapers in liquidation against Dr. M’membe.