President Edgar Lungu intends to amend the terms of reference of the Tribunal tasked to problem the allegations of abuses of authority against suspended Director of Public Prosecution Mutemba Nchito.
This came to light before former Chief Justice Annel Silungwe’s led Tribunal at Lusaka’s Mulungushi international Conference Centre.
Solicitor General Abram Mwansa submitted that once amended, the terms of reference will be submitted to the Tribunal.
Mr Mwansa later applied for an adjournment.
He also submitted that there is no room for debating preliminary issues as the tribunal is investigative in nature.
But Suspended Director of Public Prosecution Muntembo Nchito objected to the application for an adjournment , saying it was unfair.
Mr Nchito submitted that he needed to be heard on all preliminary issues as earlier indicated by the Tribunal
He submitted that the probe against him is a matter of public interest and has a bearing on all constitutional office orders.
But tribunal Chairperson former Chief Justice Silungwe ruled against Mr Nchito.
Justice Silungwe ruled that Mr Nchito cannot be heard on preliminary issues allegations that have necessitated his probe and have not been formally presented before him.
He noted that the main business of the Tribunal today was to decide whether to hold its sittings in camera or public.
Justice Silungwe has since adjourned the Tribunal sittings to next Monday to decide whether to hold the its sittings in camera or public.