Why we grabbed vehicles from Sata’s wife-DEC

Press statement

Lusaka Wednesday 8th December 2010.
The Drug Enforcement Commission has seized two motor vehicles belonging to Dr. Christine Mwelwa Kaseba wife of Patriotic Front leader Michael Sata.
The seizure of a Chevrolet and Isuzu double Cab both valued at US $100,000 is in connection with the ongoing investigations involving the US 100,000 transactions at Finance Bank.
The vehicles were brought to the D.E.C headquarters this morning by Mr. Sata’s drivers and lawyers
The vehicles have been cited as part of the potential exhibits in an event that a prima facie case is established involving the transaction.
Seizure of property which is a subject of investigations or indeed court proceedings is a lawful and normal procedure practiced in order to secure the exhibit.
Meanwhile, Commission would like to express its disappointment with unethical attempts and underhand methods that the leader of the Patriotic Front Michael Sata is using to thwart investigations which he is currently facing involving the US $100,000 transaction at Finance Bank.
The Commission would like to state that the recent media statements attributed to Mr. Sata and his lawyers have carefully been orchestrated to derail the course of investigations by issuing twisted and misleading statements.
Mr. Sata through his lawyers was asked to surrender the two motor vehicles which are a subject of investigations to the Commission after recording a second statement from him.
However, he failed to do so as his lawyers had asked for sometime before the vehicles could be surrendered so that they could use them during their provincial conference in Southern province for which their request was granted.
Mr. Sata’s lawyers failed to surrender the vehicles after the provincial conference as promised but instead asked for an extension of the period and further requested for a meeting after being reminded of their obligation.
The investigations which are being carried out by senior and seasoned DEC investigators did not co opt junior officers as alleged in some sections of the media.
It is very unfortunate that Mr. Sata, his lawyers and some organizations have deliberately embarked on a mudslinging campaign against the Commission to frustrate justice.
The Commission will remain focused and determined to ensure that investigations are brought to their logical conclusion and justice takes place.
Further, the Commission would like to urge individuals and organizations accusing some officers of being corrupt to report such officers to the relevant law enforcement agencies so that such officers could be answerable for their illegal activities.
The Commission will not shy away from surrendering any officer who is proved to be engaging in corrupt activities to ensure that the integrity and professionalism of the Commission is maintained.

John Nyawali
Public Relations Manager
Drug Enforcement Commission

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