Transparency International Zambia President Lee Habasonda has warned that the tribunal constituted to probe suspended DPP Mutembo Nchito risks turning into a joke due to numerous adjournments.
Mr Habasonda said the recent actions by the state of seeking to amend the charge sheet and requesting for adjournments could mean that they were unplanned to start the tribunal.
He said Zambia was setting a bad precedent by probing constitutional office holders in the manner it was handling the case against Mr Nchito.
Mr Habasonda added, ‘What we are seeing now with this tribunal is worrying, there is little progress made just on preliminary issues and the state seems very unprepared to proceed.’
‘You will recall as TIZ we welcomed the setting up of the tribunal but it now appears that the whole process was hastily arranged leading up this see saw we are seeing,’ Mr Habasonda said.
Mr Habasonda has since advised government to briefly suspend the tribunal and only reconstitute when substantial charges have been found against Mr Nchito.
‘We should not be seen to be taking a path that appears to be interested in fixing an individual but we should seek justice at all times,’ he said.
The tribunal which last sat on Friday, April 17 2015 has been adjourned to Tuesday, April 21 2015.