The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has set 24th May 2013, as commencement date for the hearing of the petition by Solwezi Central MMD Member of Parliament Lucky Mulusa against the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito for lying to the Parliamentary Select Committee.
Mr. Mulusa complained that Mr. Nchito misled the Parliamentary Select Committee regarding his intentions in seeking for the job of DPP.
He also stated that Mr. Nchito’s inability to exercise his prosecutorial duties in a manner that was consistent with the rule of law and upholding of natural justice specifically regarding his failure to recuse himself in matters in which he had personal interests was worrying.
“It is my duty as a representative of the people to communicate with you on a matter of national importance. In an attempt to ensure that my letter of complaint is written with clarity of thought and with a golden thread deserving the attention of your committee, I have chosen to structure it under separate sub headings starting with the purpose.
“The purpose of writing this letter is to lay two complaints against your member one Mutembo Nchito, the current Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP),” said Mr. Mulusa.
He said that it was important for LAZ to consider instituting disciplinary proceedings that should determine Mr. Nchito’s sincerity during the process of ratification, his professional conduct as the DPP as well as his suitability to continue holding the office of the DPP.
Mr. Mulusa, further, said that it was his request on behalf of the voiceless, that if found wanting, the Legal Practitioners’ Committee should also take necessary pronouncements and further apply suitable sanctions against Mr. Nchito.
He also said that LAZ should make recommendations to appropriate institutions such as the Presidency, the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) and the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) such that necessary measures could be instituted to serve the justice system of the country.
Mr. Mulusa said that he was motivated to write to LAZ because the office of the DPP occupied a formidable position in the administration of criminal justice in the nation.