Post Newspapers Limited in liquidation Proprietor Fred M’membe has described as inhuman, unacceptable and in bad faith the arrest of his wife Mutinta and the alleged harassment of his lawyer Nchima Nchito.
In a statement, Mr. M’membe says the warrant to arrest him was a farce meant to intimidate, harass and humiliate his family.
He has since advised his wife like any citizen to complain against this injustice as she was insulted and assaulted for defending her home.
Mr. M’membe who is out of the country says the arrest and detention of his wife as well as the continued harassment of his lawyer is an affront against any sense of fairness and justice because it is a total abuse of the judicial process.
He has described the destruction and removal of his personal property in his absence as shameful.
He says the liquidation of The Post newspaper is supposed to be a civil issue, stating that the use of the police, intelligence officers and the entire state machinery, including State House, is unwarranted.
meanwhile Lusaka magistrate Faides Hamaundu has granted Post Newspapers in liquidation Editor-in-chief Fred M’membe’s wife Mutinta a K3,000 bail in her own recognizance.
Mrs M’membe 39 of plot no.7345 Nangwenya road has been charged with obstructing police officers who had gone to her residence to execute a search warrant.
Magistrate Hamaundu has since set 3rd March,2016 as the date for commencement of trial.
The Lusaka Magistrate court on Tuesday, 14th February issued a warrant of arrest for Mr M’membe for failing to deliver to the provisional liquidator the real and personal property, books and documents under his custody or control being the properties books and documents belonging to the Post newspapers Limited in liquidation.
It’s during the execution of this warrant that Mrs M’membe had an altercation with Police officers leading to her arrest and subsequent detention in Police custody.