Nchito wants Libongani, Malila to defend him

SUPREME Court Justice Mumba Malila and former Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani are among 30 witnesses called by the suspended Director of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito to testify in his defence at the Annel Silungwe Tribunal.

This is in the continued hearing of allegations of abuse of authority of office against Mr Nchito as DPP.

Others Mr Nchito has asked the tribunal to summon as defence witnesses include Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) director Alita Mbahwe, some DEC and Zambia Police officers as well as one journalist and civil rights activist Brebner Changala. Twelve witnesses have so far testified since Mr Nchito opened his defence on 4th April 2016 after a two-week adjournment.

The State concluded its submissions a few weeks ago and Mr Nchito had requested for an adjournment to allow him prepare his witnesses as part of his submissions in his defence. The tribunal would continue sitting for the next three weeks during which period Mr Nchito was expected to conclude his defence.

The Annel Silungwe-led Tribunal was expected to make recommendations to President Edgar Lungu before the end of May.

Mr Nchito has been without legal representation at the tribunal after his brother, Nchima Nchito, dramatically walked out of the hearings with the entire Nchito and Nchito Advocates team.

The Supreme Court in February 2016 declared the tribunal legal and fit to probe Mr Nchito’s alleged misconduct.

Mr Nchito had recently applied to the High Court for judicial review to act as stay of the tribunal proceedings following his application at the Constitutional Court against his probe.

But High Court Justice Petronnela Ngulube dismissed the application for injunction, citing it as “forum shopping” as several applications were made over the same matter in different courts, all against the Supreme Court ruling that gave mandate to the tribunal’s existence.

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