Parliamentary Select Committees which hold the responsibility of ratifying constitutional office bears in Zambia have thrown the country into a constitutional tragedy by recklessly rubber-stamping candidates with questionable integrity and defective moral conscience,” civil rights activist Brebner Changala has charged.
The committee must now apologise and take immediate measures to legally regularize and rectify the mistake of having ratified candidates with wrecked professional credentials.
Changala said the irregular and unconstitutional dismissal of former Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) director Godfrey Kayukwa who had crossed paths with the cartel, who are friends of President Sata, had led to the appointment of Rosewin Wandi who has failed to run the institution as has been seen in her selective prosecution of corruption cases.
He said there were clear cases of corrupt government ministers who cannot be investigated because the ACC director was compromised.
Changala said the appointment of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutmbo Nchito was mired in controversy and has been challenged by the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) because he has been accused of lying to the select committee
Changala has said that Parliamentarians bestowed with the responsibility of ratifying the country’s constitutional office bearers had let Zambians down because the officers that had been so ratified had turned out to be enemies of citizens.
Changala said it had become clear that the offices of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) had been turned into instruments of monitoring, pursuing and persecuting imaginary and perceived enemies of the Patriotic Front (PF) government.
He said DPP Mutembo Nchito and ACC director Rosewin Wandi had completely eroded the true functions of their constitutional offices and had helped the PF turn the country into a police State.
The civil rights activist said Zambians should therefore hold the Members of Parliament sitting on the Parliamentary Select Committee accountable for the damage that has been caused to constitutional offices such as that of the DPP and the ACC.
He explained that the greatest casualties in the ratification of discredited personnel into constitutional offices had been Zambians who had become victims of the very offices that were created to protect their interests and rights and that the Parliamentary select committee was nothing but a group of individuals chosen to rubber-stamp the ratification of what he termed as ‘Zombies’.
“It is unfortunate that we have a sad history that the Parliamentarians who are tasked to scrutinize the appointment of our constitutional office bearers so as to preserve our once flourishing and stable democracy as well as the safety of the people and their liberties have chosen to betray the citizens.The blame is squarely placed on the Parliamentary select committee because they are nothing but a group of individuals chosen to rubber-stamp discredited candidates. The greatest casualty in this tragic miscarriage is the Zambian people and the young evolving democracy. It is not a hidden fact that the constitutional offices are now being used as instruments of settling political scores,” Changala said.
Changala explained that it was his prayer that the select committee currently siting to consider the ratification of Judges Albert Wood and Evans Hamaundu who have been controversially promoted to the Supreme Court would live up to the expectations of the people in order to serve and uphold the integrity of Parliamentary and the rule of law.