NATIONAL Restoration Party (NAREP) president Elias Chipimo has said his party is shocked at the decision by Lusaka High Court Judge Mwila Chitabo to challenge the right and authority of President Edgar Lungu to appoint a tribunal to investigate Director of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito over alleged misconduct and impropriety.
Mr Nchito has been accused of an array of charges including fraud and forgery.
Mr Chipimo said he could not comment further over Judge Chitabo’s decision to overrule the decision of President Lungu because doing so would be subjudice.
“However, we feel that the matters affecting the perceived misconduct of the DPP will only properly be settled as and when the tribunal appointed by the President is able to hear evidence and make a ruling that will always be able to be challenged in a court of law if it falls short of the expected standards of justice,” Mr Chipimo said.
Mr Chipimo welcomed President Lungu’s decision to set up Mr Nchito’s tribunal, stating that it would help to clear the DPP from the allegations he was facing.
He said a tribunal was the best way to handle Mr Nchito’s alleged misconduct and other accusations which were raised by interested parties through the courts of law.
He said President Lungu’s decision should be commended, adding that there was no any other way out apart from a tribunal.
Meanwhile, a cross section of society has welcomed the appointment of a tribunal to probe Mr Nchito.
Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) executive director Goodwell Lungu said his orgainisation was hopeful that the allegations against Mr Nchito would be put to rest.
Mr Lungu said TIZ hoped that the tribunal would also protect the integrity of constitutional offices.
“We appeal to all interested parties to use the tribunal as an avenue of settling all the issues surrounding the DPP,” he said.
Meanwhile UPND spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo said that Mr Nchito’s tribunal was long overdue.
“We have always been very clear on Mr Nchito and that is why we objected to his appointment as DPP in Parliament,” he said.
Mr Lifwekelo said President Lungu must be commended for taking such a bold step of constituting a tribunal to investigate Mr Nchito because the suspended DPP will have an opportunity to clear his name.
Mr Lifwekelo said the appointment of Mr Nchito was objected by UPND members of Parliament and that his ratification was only made possible by one vote for the in the House.