EMBATTLED Director of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito must resign on his own without waiting for President Edgar Lungu to remove him from office, former deputy minister of works and supply in the MMD government Alfred Ndhlovu has said.
Mr Ndhlovu said the DPP had exhibited high levels of unprofessionalism in the manner he has conducted himself.
He said Mr. Nchito should not wait for President Lungu to ask him to step down, but should resign on his own just like the former Chief Justice Earnest Sakala did when people questioned his office.
Mr Ndhlovu was commenting on growing public calls for President Lungu to remove Mr. Nchito and constitute a tribunal to investigate criminal allegations leveled against him,
“The former Chief Justice did not wait for the President to remove him when his office was questioned; he stepped down on his own when people started making noise. So why is Mr. Nchito refusing to step down? What is his interest in holding on to the office of the DPP when people have questioned his integrity?
“Does he want to create a constitutional crisis for other people to laugh at us? It is time he stood up and showed Zambia that he is a legal mind worth the profession,” said Mr. Ndhlovu.
Mr. Ndhlovu said it was now clear that the people of Zambia will not stop
pressuring Mr. Nchito from stepping down, adding that the best the DPP could do was to let go.
Meanwhile Chief Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili says Mr Nchito is not the first DPP to be taken to court by private citizens and will probably not be the last.
Mr Kambwili, who is Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, said dragging Mr Nchito to court should not cause Rainbow Party leader Wynter Kabimba to exhibit alarmist conduct as reported in some sections of the media.
He said in a press statement yesterday that Mr Kabimba should not hypocritical by maligning Zambia’s justice system which he once presided over when he was minister of Justice.
Mr Kambwili said Government found Mr Kabimba’s exploits an act of gross irresponsibility to call the international community to intervene in the matter involving Mr Nchito in courts of law.
Mr Kambwili reiterated that Government would maintain a clear demarcation among its three arms, the Judiciary, the Executive and Legislature.
And the minister said attacks by African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption (APNAC) Zambia Chapter Chairperson Cornelius Mweetwa that Government was behind the arrest of Mr Nchito were not only politically motivated but also baseless unwarranted and uncalled for.
He said Mr Mweetwa should realize that he was heading an important institution founded on morality and integrity which he should not soil with his political and partisan agendas.
On opposition UPND chairperson for international relations Mulondwe Muzungu’s accusations that Government was propelled by deep-rooted hatred, corruption and intimidation, Mr Kambwili said such accusations were laughable.
He said it was clear that having nothing else to offer in his political career; Mr Muzungu’s rantings were nothing more than cheap political publicity.