By MUKWIMA CHILALA
LAWYER Makebi Zulu says he has instituted legal processes to challenge the Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) seizure of a house and apartments belonging to Lusaka businessman, Francis Muchemwa.
On Thursday last week, the ACC took over Mr Muchemwa’s properties in Chongwe’s Silverest area and ordered him to immediately vacate the house.
Mr Zulu said in an interview that the action taken by the ACC to seize his client’s properties was illegal as the cases involving Mr Muchemwa were before the courts.
He said the ACC should have just issued a restriction notice instead of seizing the properties.
“So we have instituted a legal process to challenge that action as it is deemed illegal before the law,” Mr Zulu said.
In September last year, the ACC arrested Mr Muchemwa, 38, of L/26392/M in Chongwe’s Silverest area for alleged possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime.
Mr Muchemwa was charged with five counts of possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime.
In the first count, it is alleged that between January 1, 2015 and August 31, 2022, Muchemwa possessed property number L/26392/M, a dwelling house valued at K2, 500,000.00 located in Silverest area, Chongwe.
In the second count, between January 1, 2015 and August 31, 2022, Muchemwa is alleged to have possessed property number L/26395/M apartments valued at K4, 500,000 in Silverest area, Chongwe.
Particulars in the third count are that between January 1, 2015 and 31st August 2022, Muchemwa jointly and whilst acting together with Friltech Networks Zambia Limited, did possess property number L/28477/M/H and L/28477/M/J valued at K3, 400, 000 located in Silverest area in Chongwe.