NEW Director of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito says he will not use his position to target his perceived enemies as his critics would like to believe.
Mr Nchito said this when he appeared before the Parliamentary Select Committee that scrutinised his appointment and that of Solicitor-General Musa Mwenye. This is according to the Committee’s report.
“The nominee (Mr Nchito) stated that the job of a prosecutor is a very challenging one and going into it with an agenda to settle scores will make it more complicated. He explained that if given the job, his guiding principle on every prosecution will be to follow the rule of law regardless of who is involved.
“He reminded the Committee that the office of DPP is made up of many other officers such that whenever necessary, he will recuse himself from prosecuting cases where he will have an interest and allow other prosecutors to handle the cases,” the report reads in part.
Mr Nchito also told the Committee that during the eight years he served as public prosecutor under the defunct Task Force on Corruption, he demonstrated resilience and ability to handle political pressure in discharging his duties.
He said he has been motivated to leave the lucrative private law practice after reflecting on the matter and resolved to make himself available, purely to render a service to the nation.
And Mr Nchito explained to the committee that the problem encountered at the defunct Zambian Airways, where he was chief executive officer, was not peculiar to the airline industry.
He stated that Zambian Airways requested the Rupiah Banda administration to assist the company but the government declined.
Mr Nchito also denied allegations that he siphoned money from the defunct airline, adding that his integrity would be impinged if he owed people money or if, as Zambian Airways director, he siphoned money from the company.
Mr Nchito told the committee that the Development Bank of Zambia (DBZ) loaned Zambian Airways US$3 million (about K15 billion) and that the airline’s directors did not directly deal with DBZ directors but through a syndicate, Investrust Bank Plc.
He said when Zambian Airways went under, DBZ requested him to guarantee the loan, adding that this amounted to past consideration, which is no consideration in the law of contract.
[Zambia Daily Mail]