PRISCILLA CHIPULU, Lusaka
A POLICE officer has told the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court that Oracle Media managing director Mutinta M’membe shouted at police officers and tore a duly
issued search warrant after officers presented it to her.
This is in a matter in which M’membe is charged with obstructing court officials.
It is alleged that M’membe 39, a business executive, on February 15, 2017 in Lusaka, wilfully obstructed or resisted Japhet Mulenga from lawfully executing a search warrant of a magistrate court.
Assistant police superintendent Albert Chiluwa told the court that he was among a team of officers that were assigned to execute a search warrant at the home of M’membe.
“On arrival, we found a security guard manning the gate and as per procedure, we introduced ourselves and informed the security guards we were police officers assigned to execute a warrant. Before we could introduce ourselves, we were ordered to get out of the yard by Mrs M’membe and wait for lawyers,” Mr Chiluwa said.
He said upon presenting the warrant to M’membe, she tore it.
“She just had a glimpse of the warrant and started shouting on top of her voice and ran towards the main gate entrance. I personally saw her tearing the warrant into two pieces, a duly-signed warrant by the magistrate,” he said.
Magistrate Faides Hamaundu has adjourned the matter to September 6, 2017.