SUSPENDED Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito should have been happy that President Edgar Lungu had given him a chance to clear his name from a range of allegations he is facing by establishing a tribunal currently probing him, Paul Moonga has said.
And Mr Moonga said it was disheartening that UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema had U-turned over the recovery of the K14 million Development Bank of Zambia (DBZ) which High Court Judge Nigel Mutuna had ruled was obtained by fraudulent misrepresentation by Mr Nchito and his business partners.
Mr Moonga, a Patriotic Front (PF) member said Mr Nchito was facing a range of serious allegations and it was only reasonable for President Lungu to suspend the DPP so that he could have a chance to clear his name before returning to his office.
He said Mr Nchito had been declared innocent by some sections of the media and he should therefore not be scared to appear before the Annel Silungwe led tribunal established by President Lungu.
Mr Moonga said vilifying and maligning former Chief Justices Mathew Ngulube and Ernest Sakala, who are members of the tribunal was not going to help Mr Nchito to clear his name but his testimony and witnesses would be able to do that for him. He said Mr Nchito as the DPP should have been happy that President Lungu had afforded him the opportunity to be heard after he had been accused of professional misconduct.
Mr Moonga said Mr Nchito’s determination to block the tribunal from commencing its formal sittings would lead to speculations by citizens that he could have committed wrongs while in the office of the DPP.
He said it was the desire of Zambians to see that the tribunal was allowed to conduct its proceedings without interference so that the matter could be brought to its logical conclusion where both the State and Mr Nchito would be happy.
“Mr Nchito should not have rushed to court in his determination to block the tribunal from commencing its formal sittings but should have been happy that President Lungu had given him an opportunity to clear his name from an array of allegations he is facing.
He should not have embarked on a slander campaign against the tribunal members because Justices Silungwe, Ngulube and Sakala are not the ones who accused him but were only appointed to hear him.
As citizens, we are wondering why Mr Nchito is so frightened of the prospects of appearing before the tribunal and we are left with no choice but to speculate that he could have done wrong things,” Mr Moonga said.
He said late DPP Mukelabai Mukelabai was forced to appear before the tribunal that was allegedly orchestrated by Mr Nchito and that after he was cleared; he was forced to resign.