In what is a clear sign of the state’s intention to annihilate the opposition MMD, a letter to the Inspector General of Police Stellah Libongani has exposed that the PF government actually impounded over a hundred vehicles belonging to the MMD and not the 39 as earlier claimed in its seizure notice of February 2012.
And the MMD, in a statement by its publicity secretary Alfred Ndhlovu has complained over the manner the police are administering its seized automobiles claiming that some of the vehicles are seen being driven by members of the police force to run personal errands.
“I consider this matter (unlawful seizure and use of MMD automobiles) as a case of theft by our police service. Our motor vehicles are being abused by police officers which is unacceptable to us. This is why, on behalf of my colleagues, I implore you to return the motor vehicles immediately,” he MMD’s statement read in part.
In the immediate aftermath of their election victory, the PF government arbitrarily seized motor vehicles belonging to the former ruling party on the pretext that they were connected to criminal investigations. Nevertheless, two years down the line, the police have not commenced any proceedings in the courts of law in connection with the automobiles which they continue to hold on to without a seizure notice.
Only a seizure notice for 39 vehicles was given to the party in February last year despite a total of 101 vehicles being in police hands. The vehicles have been sighted by the MMD members in various parts of Lusaka and the country being used by members of the Zambia police for personal errands. This is contrary to the law governing seized assets.
In his letter to Libongani obtained by the Daily Nation, Ndhlovu complained over the continued detention of its vehicles without an adequate seizure notice and the emerging trend by the police officers to convert the party’s seized assets for personal use.