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Police defend raid of ex-President Lungu’s home, say ex-First Lady being investigated for theft


Police in Lusaka are investigating former First Lady, Esther Lungu, in a case of alleged theft of vehicle, and a certificate of title for a property in Libala South.

Early Wednesday morning, Police raided ex-President Edgar Lungu’s Ibex Hill residence to search for the alleged stolen vehicles.

Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Danny Mwale, told Journalists in Lusaka at the former Head of State’s residence on Wednesday that it was investigating a case where Elizabeth Phiri and her daughter, identified as Furhana Patel, complained that Mrs Lungu, grabbed their vehicles.

Mwale identified the vehicles as Mitsubishi Canter bearing registration number BAV 5282, Toyota Allex bearing registration number BAV 3986 and Toyota Runx bearing registration number BAV 3986.

He said the suspect was also alleged to have grabbed a certificate of title for a property located in Libala south water works area.

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Mwale said the incidents occurred between August 8th and August 9th, 2022 in Lusaka.

“The victim; Ms. Phiri is alleged to have been detained at a Police Station and later driven to Ibex Hills at the former First Lady’s residence where she, together with her daughter, were made to surrender the said properties to Mrs. Lungu,” he said.

Mwale said Police instituted investigations into the matter and managed to locate the properties at Mrs. Lungu’s residence in Ibex Hills where a Toyota Run X has been recovered.

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