The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)Deputy Director Reyneck Matemba has disclosed that the body will not confiscate property of those people involved in the plundering of public funds at Capitol Hill dubbed Cashgate.

The revelations comes amid calls from the general public that the body should seize all property of cashgate suspects.

Matemba was quoted in one of the local daily papers in the country [Nation Newspapers], saying the body will only restrict the disposal of property linked to the scam.

“We have learnt some bitter lessons where we [ACB] and government have been dragged to court by individuals claiming millions or billions of kwacha in compensation for property damaged, vandalised or deteriorated while in our custody.

“The property which we can restrict in this regard is that property that is the subject of an investigation or prosecution, or is otherwise implicated in such investigation or prosecution”, Matemba was reported as saying.

According to ACB, due to the unknown duration of Cashgate trials, the bureau feels it is better not to seize property despite the Forfeiture Act giving it mandate.

Since the Cashgate scam came to light in September only two cases involving Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Tressa Namathanga Senzani and Accountant Assistant to Government Victor Sithole have so far been concluded.

Meanwhile the on-going strike by Judicial supporting staff country wide has affected cashgate cases which are courts.

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