DIRECTOR of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito yesterday rudely snubbed the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) when he conveniently stayed away from a disciplinary committee that was supposed to hear his professional misconduct case.
Mr Nchito who was summoned by LAZ, the institution that regulates the professional conduct of lawyers refused to appear before the committee and did not even communicate or send an apology for his absence.
Mr Nchito should have presented himself before a five-member committee after MMD Solwezi East Member of Parliament Lucky Mulusa complained to the association that the DPP had lied to the parliamentary select committee when he was being screened for the job.
The LAZ committee handling Mr Nchito’s professional misconduct case had to wait until after 16: 30 hours after it had become clear that the DPP was not going to make himself available.
Mr Mulusa told journalists after the matter was adjourned to an unknown date that Mr Nchito has exhibited the highest levels of arrogance and disregard of the rule of law by his refusal to appear before the association that regulated his professional conduct.
On Thursday, Mr Nchito, who was prosecuting Andrew Banda, the son of former President Rupiah Banda at the Magistrate Court told Magistrate Joshua Banda that he was not going to be able to attend the court session because he was to appear before the LAZ committee yesterday.
He did not appear and gave no reasons for his absence and a number of prominent citizens among them former Minister of Finance Situmbeko Musokotwane was present to give solidarity and moral support to Mr Mulusa. And a civil rights activist Brebner Changala has charged that the arrogance, impunity and total disregard of the rule of law was the hallmark of the Patriotic Front government (PF) that has left citizens regretting having voted for people whose agenda was to vandalize institutions of governance.
Several placard- carrying cadres from both the MMD and the United Party for National Development (UPND) were at the LAZ offices where they were denouncing Mr Nchito.
Some of the placards carried messages such as: Nchito polluting LAZ, Nchito polluting judiciary, Forged court documents in RB case, Nchito recuse yourself, you assured Parliament select committee that you would do so and remember the forged High Court judgment. Are you holier than thou?
“The matter has been adjourned to a date to be communicated to us and this is because Mr Nchito, who is the defendant, has failed to appear. While it is annoying that Mr Nchito has refused to come and exonerate himself from the accusations, it is not surprising because the DPP has always been arrogant and it is typical of him. He has not written to the committee to explain his absence and yet yesterday, he is said to have asked Magistrate Joshua Banda in the Andrew Banda case for an adjournment because he was to appear before the LAZ committee,” Mr Mulusa said. And Mr Changala said it was extremely disappointing that the DPP, the man who was at the helm of the justice system in Zambia had no regard for institutions of governance. Mr Changala explained that the refusal by Mr Nchito to appear before LAZ was a complete show of arrogance stating that it was typical of the PF regime.