Liato released from prison

Austin Liato
Former Labour Minister Austin Liato

Former Labour Minister Austin Liato has been discharged from prison on compassionate grounds.

Mr Liato has been admitted to the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka since August 17 for reasons medical authorities refused to disclose.

Zambia Prisons Commissioner General Percy Chato, who delivered the news of the release, told Mr LIATO that he is now a free man.


Mr Chato said Mr Liato’s discharge is in accordance with the Prisons Act and he is among 22 inmates released under similar conditions.

He said the Act allows the discharge of inmates with life threatening conditions to be released so they can access medical treatment which prison authorities were unable to provide.

And Mr Liato told ZNBC from his hospital bed that he is humbled by the gesture.


He thanked President Edgar Lungu for the compassion shown to him.

Mr Liato was due to finish his prison term in October next year.

The Supreme Court in June upheld the two-year jail sentence with hard labour imposed on Liato by the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court for possession of 2.1 million Kwacha reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.


  1. The problem is that you steal small things you Zambians that’s why balamikakisha imyaka iingi. Steal in Bulk and the government will be surprised keep in you in cell for just 2day in surprise and Release you

  2. now it good that is out coz he doesnt belong there that guy is mad ,coz even a young boy cant think of doing what the guy did and tgat shiws that he needs to be taken to NDOLA ….you know what i mean….dah ma Babylonians

  3. y should how brothers and sisters keep on begging in street wen pipo like that guy are stealing there money and y should how government realise pipo like this man ……now I see no cense in keep most of the pipo in jail just becoz of one ball of marijuana (dobol) .yyyyyyyyyyy

  4. So this is what Zambia has become? A nation of the thieves by the criminals and for the crooked.How many other Zambians r languishing in our prisons with even more life threatening conditions?How special is Fat Albert?So all it takes is to be in gud buks politically and u r safe from the Law?Meanwhile umwana wa nchushi kulya amafi muchifungo.This is so unjust.Even this Medical excuse is fake.But zoona eh……………