Patriotic Front Leader Michael Sata caught up in tear gas at DEC offices
|Sata after the tear gas incident at the
Drug Enforcement Commission offices in Lusaka yesterday
Police fired tear gas canisters as
patriotic front leader Michael Sata accompanied by a mob of cadres attempted to
force entry into Drug
Enforcement Commission offices where Mr. Sata was
Upon Mr. Sata’s arrival at DEC offices around 9:40 hours, a mob
of cadres that stood opposite DEC offices crossed over to accompany the PF
Police officers could not open the gate to allow Mr. Sata and his
sympathizers enter the premises.
Some cadres started banging the gate
forcing police officers to fire tear gas in a bid to disperse the irate
In the process the PF leader, journalists who where covering the
story and other people who had accompanied Mr. Sata got choked with the tear gas
as they scampered in all directions.
Among the people that were caught up
included MMD’s Kafulafuta Member of Parliament, George Mpombo.
minutes later Mr. Sata, his lawyer Bonaventure Mutale and some MPs’ who include
MMD’s Kafulafuta Member of Parliament, George Mpombo, Lusaka Central MP guy Scot
and Kanyama member of parliament colonel Garry Chanda where allowed to enter DEC
offices while Mandevu MP Jean Kapata was pushed away.
Mr. Sata was
summoned by the Drug Enforcement Commission in relation to allegations of
money laundering involving 100,000 US Dollars.
Recently former PF
Secretary General, Edward Mumbi alleged that Mr. Sata gave Change Life
Zambia Executive Director Father Frank Bwalya money to de-campaign the
Meanwhile, the Drug Enforcement Commission has recorded a
statement from Patriotic Front (PF) leader Michael Sata involving the US
$100,000 transaction at Finance
The statement was recorded from Mr. Sata as part of the ongoing
investigation involving the transaction.
Drug Enforcement Commission
Public Relations Manager John Nyawali has confirmed in a statement made
available to MUVI
He says several other Finance Bank employees and some
officials at Action Auto who are believed to have been involved in the
transaction have also been interviewed.
Mr. Sata was accompanied to the
DEC Headquarters by his lawyers.
This follows an official report
submitted to the Commission by members of the public suspecting money laundering
activities in the US$ 100,000 transaction which occurred at Finance
And, the Commission has arrested a senior Bank official at one of
the commercial banks for tampering with seized property contrary to section 21
of the Prohibition and Prevention of Money Laundering Act no. 14 of
Terry Mweene, 40, unblocked the seized account belonging to Musa
Dimingo who was arrested for money laundering activities and transferred the
said monies to another Bank.