Dismissed Director of Public Prosecution Mutembo Nchito has lost his final ditch attempt to keep his job after the constitutional court dismissed his petition.
President Edgar Lungu on August 9th 2016 fired Mutembo Nchito after receiving recommendations from a tribunal chaired by former Chief Justice Annel Silungwe report on the account of misconduct.
But Mr Nchito took the matter to the constitutional court challenging the legality of the tribunal.
But in the judgement delivered on Friday, Constitutional Court judges Mungeni Mulenga, Enoch Mulembe and Margaret Munalula said the petition by Mr Nchito that the tribunal was unconstitutional lacked merit and is misconceived.
“The transition period in terms of the tribunal is up to the submission of the report to the appointing authority. As such, the tribunal was on firm ground to proceed with the investigation. A tribunal is an investigation and to suggest that it was supposed to be stopped abruptly on the coming into force of the amended constitution is absurd,” part of the judgement read.