AFRICAN Initiative for Youths’ Participation in Politics and Governance (AIYPPG) says Zambian Voice director Chilufya Tayali’s attacks on former president Rupiah Banda and the tribunal investigating suspended Director of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito is retrogressive and offensive to the presidency.
AIYPPG president John Luneta said Mr Tayali’s attacks are unpalatable and counterproductive.
Mr Tayali has been casting aspersions on the Annel Silungwe-led tribunal probing Mr Nchito’s alleged professional misconduct.
In a statement yesterday, Mr Luneta said Mr Banda deserves respect befitting a former president, statesman and a senior citizen as he is innocent until proven guilty by the courts of law.
“Most of the attacks by Mr Tayali on Mr Rupiah Banda are prejudicial and as such, should be cast out with the contempt they deserve,” he said.
Mr Luneta said the approach Mr Tayali has taken on the matters arising from allegations levelled against the former president and former chief justices is not only unethical and unprofessional, but also a sign of moral degradation in society.
“Understandably, either of the proceedings such as Mr Banda’s court cases and tribunal proceedings have not been determined. Therefore, his unwarranted attacks are detrimental and undermine the integrity of our legal systems and fraternity as a whole, and members of the tribunal principally,” he said.
He also said AIYPPG feels Mr Tayali is a “miscalculated missile” meant to distract people’s faith in the judicial system and the tribunal personnel.
Mr Luneta advised Mr Tayali to rescind his intents and retract his allegations against Mr Banda and the judicial system.
“Further, it seems he intends to misdirect the focus and spotlight from his rape cases to our respectable office-bearers and iconic statesmen in Rupiah Banda and judges on the tribunal probing the suspended DPP,” he said.