Chita Lodge opposes govt forfeiture application, says property does not belong to ex-ZAF Commander, Chimese


Chita Lodge has filed an application opposing the forfeiture of a portion of Farm marked 2303/Q, Ibex Hill, arguing that the property does not belong to former Zambia Air Force Commander, Lieutenant General Eric Chimese.

This development comes as the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Gilbert Phiri, seeks to have assets worth K91 million, allegedly linked to Chimese, forfeited to the State as tainted properties.

The DPP applied for a Non-Based Conviction order of tainted property.

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Among the properties to be forfeited are Subdivision of Subdivision F/2303/Q 4th Street Ibex Hill which houses the apartments and a single storey house, Farm 4302/313 Eureka Baobab Area Musekese Drive in Lusaka, Part of property no.F/181a/C/1 Mungwi road Lusaka West, 10 x 49 inch Samsung TV sets, K138, 458, US$10, 107,100 pounds and 1Yen.

According to the Drug Enforcement Commission, F2303/Q on it is a luxurious house, nine fully furnished apartments, a gym, a guest wing, a swimming pool and a semi-detached cottage,

Chita Lodge asserted that the DPP had failed to provide sufficient evidence to establish a link between the company and Chimese, relying on speculation and innuendo.

“There is no evidence that Chita lodge subsequently engaged in any criminal activity whatsoever to suggest the tainting of the property nor has evidence been tendered by the applicant to show that Chita lodge was not capable of legally acquiring the property to raise any reasonable inference that the property was illegally obtained, or were proceeds of crime,”

The company submitted that it had provided conclusive proof of ownership through a certificate of title and urged the court to exclude the property from the forfeiture application.

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