Mutembo Nchito ratified as DPP amid opposition
Debated heated up in parliament today over the ratification of the presidential appointment of Mutembo Nchito as Director of Public Prosecutions, with opposition Members of parliament opposed to his appointment.
And parliament has ratified the appointments of Mutembo Nchito and Musa Mwenye as Director of public prosecutions and Solicitor General respectively.
This was as the house was considering the report of the committee appointed to scrutinize the appointments of Mr Nchito as DPP and Musa Mwenye as Solicitor General.
Muchinga Member of parliament who is also former vice President George Kunda indicated from the onset of his debate that opposition MPs were opposed to the appointment of Mr Nchito as DPP stating that there is a negative perception and dark crowd hovering over the character of the nominee.
Mr Kunda wondered how parliament could go ahead and ratify the appointment of Mr Nchito when investigations into the allegations against the defunct Zambian Airways of which he was Chief Executive officer have not been completed.
He said the danger with going ahead with the ratification is that the PF government might in future reopen the inconclusive cases against Mr Nchito to blackmail him as DPP.
Contributing to the debate, UPND Kalomo Member of Parliament Request Mutanga told the house that Mr Nchito has a serious problem and will have to convince the Zambian people that he means well and will not persecute people.
And Chongwe Member of Parliament Sylvia Masebo said it was clear from the report of the committee that all the witnesses that appeared before it on the appointment of Mr Nchito endorsed his appointment and that of Mr Mwenye.
She stated that there could never be someone better for the job than Mr Nchito.
Ms Masebo said the appointment of Mr Nchito shows how serious President Michael Sata is with the fight against corruption.
And the Speaker had to call for a vote to determine the ratification of Mr Mutembo Nchito as Director of public prosecutions.
After the electronic voting, those in favour of the appointment prevailed with 86 votes against the opposition MPs’ 50 votes while five members abstained from voting.