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Police Arrest Former Labour Minister Liato Again

The investigative wings have former Labour Minister Austin Liato and charged him with two counts of abuse of authority of office involving boreholes and hammer mills.

Joint investigations team acting public relations officer Christopher Chibanku confirmed Liato’s arrest.

He said Liato was arrested on two separate counts of abuse of authority of office contrary to section 99 (1) of the Penal Code.

“On count one, Liato in June 2010, allegedly abused the authority of his office as Kaoma Central member of parliament and as labour minister by facilitating the sinking two boreholes at his farm in Mwembeshi when in fact the boreholes were meant to be sunk in Kaoma Central Constituency.

On second count, Liato on unknown dates but between May 14, 2010 and May 19, 2010, did facilitate the diversion of two hammer mills which were meant for the people of Kaoma district.

Liato is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow.

By press time, Liato was in the process of being released on bond at Woodlands police station where he was arrested in the afternoon.

Liato was recently convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment for being in possession of K2.1 billion, money believed to have been proceeds of crime.

The money was dug out from his farm in Lusaka West.

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