RAINBOW Party leader Wynter Kabimba should not drag the Patriotic Front (PF) Government into the saga of the arrest of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito on allegations of abuse of authority, forgery and other offences before courts of law, Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili has said.
And PF youths in Lusaka have told Mr Kabimba to wait for his turn to explain the role he played in the controversial Trafigura contract to supply Zambia with oil instead of supporting his embattled ally whom they said was facing charges committed before the ruling party formed Government.
In an interview yesterday, Mr Kambwili rubbished claims by Mr Kabimba suggesting that the PF orchestrated the arrest OF Mr. Nchito who, according to him (Kabimba), had suddenly become a victim of persecution and retribution.
He said Mr. Kabimba should not bring the name of President Edgar Lungu into Mr. Nchito’s criminal charges complained of by former deputy minister of Finance in the Frederick Chiluba administration, but allow Mr. Nchito explain and clear his name before the courts of law. “Kabimba is misplaced to comment on this matter because he knows exactly people who have taken Mr. Nchito to court and if he thought President Lungu was going to stop the action, he should forget. People should face the law if they commit an offence. Why involve President Lungu when issues complained about were committed way back before the PF formed Government?” Mr. Kambwili wondered.
He explained that Zambians know that the person who has taken Mr. Nchito to court was Mr Ng’uni, adding that “others mentioned in the matter were still alive”.
“The country knows that Mr. Changala (Brebner), Mulusa (Lucky) and Mr. Ng’uni are the ones who have had issues with Mr. Nchito for a long time and not the PF. And for your own information President Lungu only heard about the arrest of Mr. Nchito yesterday (Thursday) I want to challenge him (Kabimba) to explain to the nation how many people he framed when he was Minister of Justice and are today running up and down going to the courts of law,” Mr Kambwili said.
Mr. Kambwili said Government will not intervene in the operations of the courts of law because it was unconstitutional and against natural of justice.
“We shall not intervene in this matter and Mr. Nchito should be happy that he has an opportunity to clear himself from all these allegations he is being accused of. Let him tell the nation what he knows rather than accusing Government and President Lungu of scheming his downfall,” Mr Kambwili said.
He said Rainbow was not a party to trust to run government, adding that even people who were joining Mr. Kabimba were highly questionable as they did not have a clear vision on how they wanted to run the affairs if elected.
And youths in Lusaka have warned Mr. Kabimba to wait for his time when he would be required to explain his role in the procurement of oil contract by Trafigura. Michael Chitabo said Mr. Kabimba should not push his luck too far, adding that his time would come soon.
Mr. Nchito was on Thursday arrested by the Chongwe police before he escaped after appearing before the Chongwe0 Magistrates Court.