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Ex-Secretary to Treasury, Yamba, drags anti-graft agency to court for restricting bank account


Former Secretary to the Treasury, Fredson Yamba, has dragged the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to Court, seeking an order for the discharge of the notice of restriction placed on his bank account at Absa Bank Plc.

Yamba in addition wants the Lusaka High Court to order that the notice of restriction dated March 6,2023, issued by the ACC Director General was illegal.

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He said he had suffered loss and damage due to his inability to access the account.

According to the affidavit in support of originating summons filed into court, Yamba stated that in 2021, he was arrested and charged with the offence of failure to comply with applicable law and procedure.

He said that ACC further issued restriction notice on bank account no. 17-1197910 held with Absa Zambia PLC, which expired sometime in August, 2022.

He said the Commission issued a fresh notice, which was affected on August 31,2022, claiming that it was the final notice.

Yamba said it however turned out that ACC had issued a third notice which was illegal.

“That the first notice expired in February 2023. That I thereafter write a letter to Absa bank Plc through my lawyers seeking access to the said account. That unknown to me, the respondent had purportedly issued another restriction notice dated March 6,2023 ” third notice” on the same account,” he said.

The litigant stated that he knew about the third notice through a letter by Absa to his lawyers.

Yamba contended that the said notice was illegal as he or his lawyers were never served with the same.

“That there is no provision in the law that allows or permits the respondent to issue a third notice after expiry of the final notice (which lasts six months). The third notice is therefore illegal,” he stated.

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