|The Money Liato
'planted' on his Farm
A joint operation by Law enforcement agencies has dug up
2.1 billion kwacha—(or about €315,161 or US$417,163)—at former Labour and Social
Security Minister Austin
Liato's Farm in Mwembeshi area.
Inspector General of Police Martin
Malama told Muvi TV News in an interview this morning around 02:30hrs at the
Task Force on Corruption Headquarters that the money buried was in an unfinished
building on Mr. Liato's farm.
Dr. Malama says the money which is
in 20 and 50 thousand kwacha notes was buried in an unfinished building secured
with Alarm Systems on Mr. Liato's Farm.
He says the money was put in two
safes and concealed in two metal trunks with a thick layer of concrete on
Dr. Malama says the move is not an act of retribution on the former
government but a mere exercise of cleaning up the system
He has further
called on political cadres to desist from making plunderers heroes at the
expense of the masses.
Meanwhile Zambia Police Service Spokesperson
Elizabeth Kanjela revealed that police also discovered some vehicles and other
assets on Mr. Liato's Farm, Mpamba Settlement scheme Lot # 44, in Mwembeshi
She says the garage where the vehicles were parked was also secured
with alarm systems.
Ms. Kanjela says police commenced the operation
around 16:00hrs yesterday but were only able to break the safes in the early
hours of this morning.
The money, most of it in 25 million kwacha
bunches, had bank slips from Bank
of Zambia, Finance
Bank and ZANACO,
among others, with dates between March 2010 and March 2011.
was conducted by a combined team of officers from Zambia Police, Anti-Corruption
Commission–ACC and the Drug
ACC Commissioner Roswin Wandi and her
counterpart from the DEC were present during the interview.