IT IS contemptuous and criminal for suspended Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito to interfere with witnesses in the Annel Silungwe Tribunal constituted to investigate a range charges he has been arraigned on, All People’s Congress (APC) president Nason Msoni has stated.
And Lusaka lawyer Kelvin Fube has advised Mr Changala to report Mr Nchito to the tribunal and officially complain that the suspended DPP was attempting to undermine the tribunal by persuading witnesses in the matter to ask President Lungu to disband the inquiry.
Mr Msoni said revelations that Mr Nchito covertly met with civil rights activist Brebner Changala in a scheme meant to persuade him to withdraw a letter he wrote to President Edgar Lungu petitioning him to constitute a tribunal against the DPP, should compel law enforcement agencies to arrest and prosecute Mr Nchito because his conduct bordered on criminality.
He told the Daily Nation that it was shocking that Mr Nchito and his protector Fred M’membe had rubbished the tribunal by scandalizing its members but were at the same time scheming to avoid its process by asking the witness to exonerate the DPP before the tribunal could hear him.
Mr Msoni stated that the tribunal was not between Mr Changala and Mr Nchito and whatever deals the DPP and his allies were trying to cut to escape possible prosecution would not succeed because the offences Mr Nchito was facing were grave and bordered on the interest and security of the nation.
He stated that the tribunal was a national undertaking and it was criminal for Mr Nchito to begin undermining the process with the hope of causing embarrassment to the appointing authority.
He said Mr Nchito’s friends and minders have been scandalizing tribunal members and claiming that Mr Nchito was a victim of persecution and should therefore allow him to clear his name by appearing before the tribunal.
Mr Msoni said President Lungu should never contemplate disbanding the tribunal because the action would severely injure the presidency and that the opponents of President Lungu would be celebrating over the collapse of the inquiry.
He said Mr Nchito used the office of the DPP to advance his own interests and that was why he had taken over the prosecution of matters where he was deeply conflicted. And Lusaka lawyer Kelvin Fube has advised Mr Changala not to hesitate to report Mr Nchito to the tribunal for directly intimidating and threatening him over his letter he wrote to President Lungu to constitute a tribunal.
Mr Fube said Mr Nchito was not only undermining the Annel Silungwe Tribunal but was casting serious aspersions at President Lungu by claiming that the charges he was facing were fatally incompetent.