…as demands grow for DPP to resign

DIRECTOR of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito should step aside post and pave way for the law to take its course on the nine criminal allegations leveled against him.

And Paradius Sakala has said that Mr Nchito has become subject of criminal proceedings and should therefore resign because his constitutional office demands high levels of integrity and professional uprightness,

In an interview, All People’s Congress party president Nason Msoni said Mr. Nchito should reflect on the issues raised against him.

Mr. Msoni said that the hallmark of the office of the DPP was integrity, a virtue which was now severely under question because of the conduct of Mr. Nchito.

“The hallmark of the office of the DPP and any person holding that office is integrity. But if that office is brought into question, then the individual holding that office should do himself and the country a favour and step down. And in this case Mr. Nchito is facing criminal allegations leveled against him and it is only right for him to step down and pave way for the law,” said Mr. Msoni.

On Wednesday, a warrant of arrest was issued by the Chongwe Magistrate’s Court for Mr. Nchito on nine counts, including allegedly lying before the Parliamentary Select Committee of the National Assembly where he had said he was going to recuse himself in matters involving former president Rupiah Banda when he was seeking ratification by Parliament.

It is also alleged that Mr. Nchito fraudulently obtained a Supreme Court order and misled then High Court Judge Gregory Phiri who erroneously signed the order and in the process subverted the course of justice.

According to records available, in March 2012, Mr. Nchito further abused his authority of office when he entered a nolle prosequii in a case of the People versus Shubert Sinkala without even seeing the evidence from the complainant Lewis Mosho.

Mr. Nchito has been accused of having abused his authority of office by “mischievously” entering a nolle prosequi in a case of drug trafficking involving the People versus Brebner Changala and Agness Kawandami before Magistrate Aridah Chulu.

He is also alleged to have engaged himself into contracting debt contrary to section 357 of the Companies Act Cap 388 of the Laws of Zambia when as chief executive officer of the Zambian Airways knowing that he had no reasonable or probable ground of expectation that his company had the ability to pay the K14 billion Development Bank of Zambia loan.

It is also alleged that Mr. Nchito whilst acting together with one Fred M’membe proprietor of the Post Newspaper, behaved in a contemptuous manner when he exhibited excessive disrespect and discourtesy in speech and manner before Puisine Judge Nigel Mutuna in the matter of the DBZ loan.

And Mr Sakala, the Patriotic Front (PF) Kapoche constituency losing candidate in the 2011 general elections said it was shocking that Mr Nchito, the man who had always professed uprightness in his career could be the one running away from the law which he was constitutionally expected to defend, protect and respect.

Mr Sakala told the Daily Nation that the best decision for Mr Nchito was to consider resigning from his position as DPP so that he could give himself a chance to clear his name which had been dented by the many criminal allegations against him with his allies some of whom were in the media had for a long time used the judicial system to persecute, scandalize, humiliate and punish citizens they loathed but that time had come for the clique to account for crimes they had allegedly committed over the years and got away with.   Mr Sakala alleged that Mr Nchito along with his allies used the judicial system and the media to torment, demonise, scandalize, humiliate and abuse many innocent individuals.

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