Liato freed on K2.1 billion cash dug from his farm, but rearrested

Former Labour Minister Austin Liato was this morning (Tuesday, October 1, 2013)  discharged from his case of concealing K2.1 billion which was buried at his farm.

But his being set to freedom was short lived as Plain Clothed Security Officers apprehended him as he walked out of the Magistrate Court. He was then driven to Woodlands Police station where he was arrested and charged for abuse of authority.

He has been charged on two separate counts of abuse of authority of Office contrary to Section 99 (1) of the Penal Code Cap. 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

The former Labour Minister is on the first count accused that in June 2010 did abuse his Office of authority being a Member of Parliament for Kaoma Central Constituency and Minister by facilitating the sinking of two boreholes at his farm in Mwembeshi, when in fact these boreholes were meant to be sunk in his Constituency.

On the second Count, Liato is alleged that on unknown dates but between May 14 and 19th, 2010 did facilitate the diversion of two hammer mills which were meant for the people of Kaoma District.

Liato was however released on bond after being formally charged by the Police.