Zambian Watchdog

Former Kankoyo MP says Mutembo’s case must be reported to IPU

April 07
15:50 2013

DIRECTOR of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mutembo Nchito must resign or be fired for lying to the Parliamentary select committee and his case should be forwarded to the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to expose how the Zambian parliament is being abused by individuals.

Former First Vice-President of IPU Percy Chanda said the General Assembly of the IPU should be informed that Mr Nchito lied to the Parliamentary select committee before it could recommend him for ratification as DPP so that the Assembly could be aware that the Zambian parliament was being abused and raped by some individuals.

Mr Chanda, who is former Member of Parliament(MP) for Kankoyo in Mufulira and Chairman for Energy, Environment and Tourism was reacting to revelations by the Chairperson of the select committee Luck Mulusa that Mr Nchito misled the Committee.

“I hope this case will be forwarded to the General Assembly of IPU as this will expose how the Zambian parliament is being abused and raped by some individuals.My advice to Honorable Mulusa when he seeks advice from the Speaker, he should approach him in his capacity as the President of the IPU.

“This is so because these are issues which the union should be resolving where the integrity of the house is being raped by few individuals with impunity,” Mr Chanda said

Mr Chanda said Mr Nchito must resign or be fired in order to allow the Speaker to evoke Cap 12 of the laws of Zambia to make it easier to prosecute Mr Nchito for misleading or telling lies to the parliamentary select committee.

“This Cap 12 of the laws of Zambia provides some immunity to the one making submissions to the committee, but should you be found that you told lies or misled the committee, then the same Cap 12 of the laws  of Zambia will be evoked and you will be prosecuted.

“So now, that we have been informed that Mr Nchito lied to the committee, we are asking Mr Nchito to resign or be fired so that he could be properly be prosecuted. He must and not should resign. Yes, he must resign because as the case stands now,it would be difficult for the Speaker to evoke Cap 12 of the laws of Zambia as he will not be prosecuted,” He said.

The former Kankoyo MP said, as DPP, Mr Nchito would only be fair to the Speaker if resigns because if he does not resign, then it would would be difficult for the Speaker to evoke Cap 12 of the laws of Zambia.

He said Zambians should not allow the situation in the country where others are allowed to break the law with impunity, whilst others are being prosecuted in tramped up charges.

“Let us not allow a situation in Zambia where others are allowed to break the law with impunity, while others are being prosecuted on tramped up charges. So if Mr Nchito broke the law, he should face the law to show a good example especially that he is DPP.

“So he will only be fair to the Speaker if he resigns because if he does not resign, then it would be difficult for the Speaker to evoke Cap 12 of the laws of Zambia,” He said.

 

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