Transparency International Zambia-TIZ- has welcomed the appointment of a Tribunal to probe the Director of Public Prosecution Mutembo Nchito.TIZ Executive Director Goodwell Lungu is hopeful that the Tribunal will help put to rest allegations against Mr. Nchito.
Mr. Lungu has observed that some stakeholders have used the DPPs allegations as an opportunity for character assassination.He appealed to interested parties to use the Tribunal as an avenue of settling all the issues surrounding the DPP.Mr. Lungu said this in a statement sent to ZNBC News in Lusaka.
Meanwhile, TIZ has called on political parties to desist from adopting candidates whose seats were nullified on account of electoral malpractices.Mr. Lungu said it is sad that political parties have demonstrated a tendency of adopting such candidates and in process sending wrong signals in the fight against corruption.
And National Restoration Party president Elias Chipimo has welcomed the appointment of a tribunal to probe the alleged misconduct of the Director of Public Prosecution, Mutembo Nchito.
Mr Chipimo, who is also a lawyer,told ZNBC that the decision is the right way to proceed regarding the matter.Mr Chipimo also said the composition of the tribunal which includes three former chief justices is wise.Mr Chipimo says he expects an objective conclusion of the matter.
Meanwhile, Mr Chipimo has wished President Edgar Lungu a quick recovery.
And the Voluntary Separatees Association of Zambia says the suspension of the DPP shows that President Lungu has respects for the rule of law.Association General Secretary Siachoke Simemeza says his association is confident that the truth will come out.
A former Diplomat has welcomed President Lungu’s decision to appoint a woman as Acting DPP.Rose Zimba says President Lugu’s continued regard for women is a true path that late President Michael Sata laid.
And Nakiwe Simpungwe says the move by President Lungu will inspire women in the Country.
On Tuesday, President Edgar Lungu appointed a Tribunal to inquire into the alleged misconduct and acts of impropriety by the Director of Public Prosecution Mutembo Nchito.
The President did this as provided for under Article 58, sub-article (2) and (3) of the Constitution of Zambia.President Lungu suspended Mr. Nchito pending the outcome of the Tribunal.
Those appointed to the Tribunal are former chief Justices Annel Silungwe who is the chairman while Mathew Ngulube and Ernest Sakala are members.Mathew Zulu has been appointed as secretary of the Tribunal.
President Lungu has tasked the Tribunal with 8 Terms of Reference that include the probing of the alleged acts of impropriety by the DPP as alleged by members of the public and among other things, recommend whether the DPP ought to be removed from office as a result of the allegations.The President has notified the Chief Justice Irene Mambilima of the matter.
And in accordance with Article 57 of the Constitution of Zambia, President Lungu has appointed Mrs. Lillian Shawa Siyni to discharge the functions and powers of the Director of Public Prosecutions during this period.