THE continued stay of Mutembo Nchito in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has become a danger to national security and good governance because he (Nchito) has become politically conflicted.
President Lungu has been urged to expeditiously exercise his authority under Article 57 of the Constitution and remove Mr Nchito and appoint another officer to the office of the DPP who would examine the propriety, legality and justification of the decisions Mr Nchito made in his own matters and those concerning his business partner, Fred M’membe.
And now the Zambian Voice executive director Chilufya Tayali and Kapoche constituency PF losing candidate Paradius Sakala have warned that the more time President Edgar Lungu took to suspend the embattled DPP, the more dangerous he was becoming to the governance and justice system of the country.
Mr Tayali said President Lungu had the constitutional authority under Article 57 of the Constitution to remove or dismiss any officer whose actions had become inimical to the interests of the State and the governance system.
He said President Lungu should immediately remove Mr Nchito from the office of the DPP and replaces him with someone with integrity and credibility to serve the interest of Zambians and not a clique of individuals whose motive was to regain State power.
He told the Daily Nation that President Lungu should listen to the cries and advice of the many Zambians and take immediate remedial measures against Mr Nchito who had become not only compromised but politically conflicted.
Mr Tayali said the DPP had clearly shown that he was pushing the causes of his allies by appealing against the ruling of Judge Chalwe Mchenga who had stopped him from prosecuting his business partner Fred M’membe because he (Nchito) was not doing so in public interest.
“We are shocked Mr Nchito is appealing against the ruling of Judge Chalwe Mchenga who stopped him from prosecuting his ally and business partner.
Mr Nchito has no morals and conscience. If he has no morals and conscience, we know he has his boss who is President Lungu. Let the President hear our cries and pleas and remove Mr Nchito under Article 57 of the Constitution because the longer he is taking, the more dangerous he is becoming to the State and the governance system of our country,” Mr Tayali said.
And Mr Sakala has charged that Mr Nchito is an agent of the enemies of the Patriotic Front (PF) Government and the longer President Edgar Lungu is taking to suspend him and constitute a tribunal to investigate his brazen misconduct, the more confusion he is going to cause in the governance of the country. Mr Sakala said although Mr Nchito had freed himself from the allegations he was facing, there was urgent need for him to clear his name and that he could only do so through a tribunal.
Mr Sakala, who is Kapoche Constituency PF losing candidate said that Mr Nchito and his allies influenced the suspension of Supreme Court Judge Philip Musonda and two High Court Judges, Nigel Mutuna and Charles Kajimanga and the speedy setting up of the Chikopa Tribunal which had failed to take off and had since become moribund.
He wondered what could have been special about Mr Nchito whose offences could easily be proved because it was on record that the DPP forged a court document.
“President Lungu promised Zambians that he was going to bring sanity to the judiciary and we are anxiously waiting for a clean-up in the judicial system. We want to see sanity back in the judiciary and Mr Nchito has proved to be an enemy of Government and cannot be allowed to continue in the office of the DPP. We know he has started showing signs of looking for friends and is using his constitutional powers to have new political friends. We are also worried that he will soon start using the office of the DPP for retribution and to settle political scores and we cannot allow him to continue holding on to his office,” Mr Sakala said.