Suspended Director of Public Prosecution Mutembo Nchito has withdrawn the appeal in a matter where he lost his quest to prosecute Post Newspaper Editor Fred Mmembe, who has been sued for allegedly defaming former President Rupiah Banda.
Mr. Nchito has withdrawn the appeal in the Supreme Court, based on the opinion from Attorney General Likando Kalaluka that his quest to prosecute Mr. Mmembe is against Public Policy.
The appeal was before Supreme Court Judge Roydah Kaoma.
Meanwhile, Judge Kaoma has reserved ruling on the cross -appeal by Mr. Mmembe in the same matter.
In March this year High Court Judge Chalwe Mchenga, quashed Mr. Nchito’s application to take over the prosecution of Mr Mmembe in the matter where the later has been dragged to court for allegedly defaming former President Rupiah Banda.
Judge Mchenga had ruled that it was not befitting public interest for Mr. Nchito to take over the prosecution of Mr. Mmembe,in the defamatory case before the Lusaka Magistrate Court.