DEMANDS by suspended Director of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito to have two former Chief Justices recuse themselves from the Tribunal Constituted to probe him is clear desperation to derail the whole process, Tribunal secretary Mathews Zulu has said.
In an interview yesterday with the Daily Nation, Mr. Zulu has said that Mr. Nchito has not made any application relating to the issues he was raising in the media about former Chief Justices Ernest Sakala and Mathews Ngulube and therefore, the tribunal will go ahead without any disturbances next week.
He said the Tribunal would not be disturbed by the purported application made or submitted by Mr. Nchito because the Tribunal did not receive any such submission from Mr. Nchito.
“The position of the Tribunal is that we remain steadfast and not disturbed by these claims or by anyone. We have only heard in the media that Mr. Nchito has made an application to have Justices Sakala and Ngulube recuse themselves but we have not received that application and we shall go ahead,” said Mr. Zulu.
Mr. Zulu explained that there was a purported document by Mr. Nchito circulating in the media suggesting or creating an impression that he had complained about Justices Sakala and Ngulube when not. He said Mr. Nchito as a senior lawyer and State Counsel understood well the procedure and nature of the Tribunal, adding that it was only correct for him to follow the outright procedure.
“There is a purported document he has circulated and we can only comment if it is submitted before the Tribunal on 13th April 2015. What we are saying now is that the matter will go on on the 13th April without any disturbances,” said Mr. Zulu. Mr. Nchito was last week quoted extensively saying that he had submitted documents to the Tribunal demanding that two former Chief Justices, justice Ngulube and Justice Sakala should recuse themselves from attending to the embattled DPP because they were conflicted.