PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu should be extremely careful with his Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito because he has clearly shown that he is an ally of the enemies of the State undermining the presidency and the governance of the country, the Eastern Development Foundation (EDF) has warned.
EDF president Kelvin Chulu has advised President Lungu to immediately suspend Mr Nchito and constitute a tribunal to probe him because schemes have been hatched to incite Zambians through some opposition political parties to rise against a legitimately elected President.
Mr Chulu said President Lungu has been warned about the infamous clique and its ability to make the country ungovernable and should therefore not hesitate to deal with elements whose actions were inimical to the interest of the State even if they were holding constitutional offices.
He said the clique had the capacity of hitting back if not completely dismantled because its members had become extremely powerful having built financial empires using money corruptly acquired through fraudulent deals when they were enjoying State power.
Mr Chulu said civil rights activist Brebner Changala had been consistent on how dangerous the clique had become after losing State power and that it was important for the Head of State to heed the advice of many concerned Zambians about rooting out moles from the governance system and all State security agencies.
He told the Daily Nation that it had become clearly evident that Mr Nchito, the embattled DPP, had become disgraced and was capable of doing anything in his desperate attempt to undermine President Lungu and his administration.
“The office of the DPP demands the highest levels of integrity but as Mr Nchito stands, he is a morally and professionally disgraced man and Zambians can only look up to President Lungu to correct the situation,” Mr Chulu said.
He said Mr Nchito and his business partner Fred M’membe were determined to see President Lungu fail to govern so that Zambians could rise against him and vote against the ruling party in the 2016 general elections.
Mr Chulu said Mr Changala was consistent in alerting President Lungu that the clique had bugged the offices of some Cabinet ministers and State security institutions and that members of the cartel were tapping and listening to classified conversations at a central location with the aim of blackmailing ministers and the Head of State.
Mr Chulu said President Lungu should also know that the cartel had influenced the appointment of some of the members of the judiciary and it was important that such judicial officers were removed from the judicial system.
He said the current legal bench had been infiltrated by members of the cartel and that it was critical that the system was cleansed if it was to promote good governance.
“The rule of natural justice does not allow that one can be a judge in his own case. World over, there is no such a thing as a man being a judge in his own case and then demanding damages from the complainants. When one has been accused, it is important to allow the due process of the law to take its course.’’