Acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda is to be petitioned to set up a tribunal against the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito for lying to the parliamentary select committee before it recommended him for ratification.
Opposition UPND advisor Douglas Syakalima told the Daily Nation that the revelations by the chairperson of the select committee Lucky Mulusa that he misled the committee was a source of concern on both his personal character and conduct as a professional lawyer.
He said that the UPND did not support the ratification of Mr. Nchito because the party believed that Mr. Nchito was what he called a ‘devious person’ who could not be trusted with the office of the Director of the Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Mr. Syakalima said that the revelations in the letter to Mr. Nchito by Mr. Mulusa the chairperson of the select committee that sat to recommend him for ratification had vindicated the UPND for its concern raised against the character and conduct of Mr. Nchito.
He said that his party was now left without an option but to take legal action against Mr. Nchito for misleading and lying to the select committee in order for him to get a job which Mr. Syakalima believes that he (Nchito) got fraudulently by breaching the law.
Mr. Mulusa in his letter to Mr. Nchito demanded his resignation from the position for lying to the parliamentary select committee which recommended him for ratification.
He also asked Nchito to recuse himself from prosecuting the case of former President Rupiah Banda, to reverse the nolle prosequi he entered in favour of Dr. Rajan Mahtani and to apologize to Parliament and the people of Zambia for getting the job fraudulently.
Mr. Syakalima said that his party was making conclusions on the matter and would by next week seek judicial review against Mr. Nchito.
He said that the allegations raised by the parliamentary committee which sat to recommend for his ratification were glaring and exposed Mr. Nchito to high levels of corruption practices, fraud and abuse of office.
Mr. Syakalima said that his party had therefore decided to take the matter to court for judicial review and guidance before writing the Acting Chief Justice for the constitution of a tribunal to investigate his corrupt conduct and abuse of office.
He also described the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Director General, Police Inspector General and the Drug Enforcement Commissioner (DEC) corrupt for hiding vital information about Mr. Nchito.
Mr. Syakalima said that ACC, Police Service and DEC submitted in support of Mr. Nchito knowing that he was deliberately dishonest.
“This is how corrupt this system has become. Police is corrupt, ACC is corrupt and even DEC is also corrupt and therefore they ended up supporting a corrupt character to occupy the office of the DPP in order for the cartel to be complete its corrupt syndicate. But this time we shall stop it by going to court,” he said. And Zambia Direct Democratic Movement (ZDDM) has described Mr. Mulusa’s stance to write Mr. Nchito as brave.
ZDDM vice president Charles Kafumbo wondered why President Michael Sata had decided to keep Mr. Nchito despite having a dented image at the expense of the justice system of the country.
Mr. Kafumbo said that his party would officially write the office of the Chief Justice its intention to petition Mr. Nchito’s ratification as a result of the corruption allegations leveled against him.
He said that the nation was at crossroads with Mr. Nchito continuing to hold on to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) because he was discredited and unfit to preside over the justice system of the country.
“There is too much corruption and abuse of office allegations against this man (Nchito). It is only fair that he steps aside and allows the rule of law take its course. We therefore, shall inform or write to the Acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda about our intention to seek her office to constitute a tribunal to investigate him,” he said.