BAILIFFS have seized property from Kabushi PF member of parliament Bowman Lusambo’s house in Ndola for failure to pay a debt amounting to K228,000.
A check at Lusambo’s residence found the bailiffs packing all his household property, which have been taken to an unknown destination.
Lusambo’s nephew, who stays at his house, said the bailiffs arrived around 07:00 hours and jumped over the gate to have access to the house.
“They came around 07:00 hours while I was still sleeping. The security guard was not around, so they jumped over the gate. When they reached the door of the house, they used force and broke it, like you can see, it is now damaged. They have collected everything in this house. I mean everything is collected here,” said the nephew narrated.
Officers from the bailiffs refused to give any details regarding the seized property.
In a statement of claim filed in the Ndola High Court by Lusambo’s close acquaintance Clifford Kasonde, a businessman, in 2021, he stated that on or about December 2019, Lusambo approached him to borrow a sum of K150,000, payable on or before June 2020.
“The defendant did in the event of failure to pay, pledge to assign the plaintiff bare land belonging to him on which the plaintiff could construct a shop and carry out his business,” read the statement of claim.
Kasonde claimed that on or about the same time, Lusambo requested to lease his property in Hillcrest extension, house number 8037 on behalf of Susan Sambwe, his employee who was also attached to his political office as staff.
He stated that at the time Sambwe was vacating his property, she left outstanding rentals in the sum of K50,000 and caused damage to his property.
Kasonde claimed that he was made to incur costs of repairing the leased property to the tune of K28,000 and that Lusambo was indebted to him to the total amount of K228,000, which he neglected to pay back.
He said despite numerous appeals to Lusambo to settle the amount owing, his pleas have not been met with any positive action.
Kasonde stated that because of the same, he had suffered financial stress and inconvenience.
He urged the court to order Lusambo and compel him to immediately pay the K228,000 owed to him, being money borrowed, outstanding rent and repair costs incurred in repairing the premises leased to him.
“You are hereby commanded in the President’s name that of the goods and chattels of Bowman Lusambo. You are called to be made the sum K278,000 which said sum of money were lately before the High Court in a certain action, therein,” read the writ of fieri facias to the sheriff of Zambia and bailiff.