Court dismisses application by Ex-President Lungu’s daughter, Tasila, to claim her property


Ex- President Edgar Lungu’s daughter,Tasila Lungu, has lost an application for joinder to the proceedings commenced by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to forefeit to the State her farm in Sinda district estimated to be worth K8 million.

In her application, she submitted to Court that she was the beneficial owner of the landed property farm no F/2278 .

She submitted that she was likely to be affected by the outcome of the matter as such she needed to be joined as she had an interest .

The court sitting as Judges Susan Wanjelani, Pixie Yangailo and Vincent Siloka, dismissed the application.

Tasila was advised to oppose the application simply by entering appearance and giving notice of the intention as set put in section 30 (b) of the Forefeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act.

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“It is our considered view that the intended respondent here cannot be joined to these proceedings because the application for forefeiture is against the property and not against a person such as the intended respondent.

“Allowing the application for joinder in the manner sought, would violate the provisions of the Forefeiture of Proceeds of crime act in that no such provision exists for joinder of a person such as the intended respondent,” Judge Siloka said.

The court explained that applications under Section 29 of Forefeiture Proceeds of Crime Act act are guided against the tainted property and not the person.

Section 29 states ” a Public Prosecutor may apply to a court for an order forefeiting to the State all or any property that is tainted property.”

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