FORMER deputy minister of Finance Newton Ng’uni has filed a fresh complaint before the Lusaka magistrate’s Court against Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito for alleged abuse of authority of office, and other criminal offences.
When the matter came up
yesterday before chief resident magistrate Joshua Banda, it was allocated to magistrate Lameck Mwale.
Mr Mwale is studying the file and is scheduled to hear the matter
Earlier, the High Court ordered a stop to criminal proceedings in the subordinate court against Mr Nchito and described his arrest as null and void.
According to an ex-parte order by High Court judge Mwila Chitabo, the ruling he delivered last week which declared the purported proceedings before the Chongwe Subordinate Court null and void rendered Mr Nchito’s arrest and all proceedings connected to the matter useless.
Justice Chitabo also ordered that the transfer of the matter from the Chongwe Subordinate Court to the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court be null and void and of no legal effect.
He further ordered that since the proceedings have no legal effect and the matter and record having already been called by the High Court for review in accordance with the law was also null and void.
The Chongwe Magistrate’s Court issued an arrest warrant against Mr Nchito for alleged abuse of authority of office, procuring execution of documents by false pretences, uttering a false document and fraudulent contracting of debt.
Justice Chitabo quashed the warrant of arrest, saying the lower court had no power to entertain the complaint brought before it.