President Edgar Lungu has with immediate effect suspended Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito for alleged misconduct and acts of impropriety.
The President has also appointed a Tribunal Headed by retired Chief Justice Annel Silungwe to probe the allegations against Mr Nchito.
The Head of State has suspended Mr Nchito and appointed the Tribunal to probe him as provided for under Article 58, sub-article (2) and (3) of the Constitution of Zambia.
This is contained in a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today by President Lungu’s Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda.
President Lungu has since appointed Justice Annel Silungwe who is former Chief Justice as Chairperson for the Tribunal.
President Lungu has further appointed former Chief Justices Mathew Ngulube and Ernest Sakala as Members of the tribunal while Mathew Zulu is the Secretary.
President Lungu said the Tribunal has been tasked with 8 Terms of Reference that include the probing of the alleged acts of impropriety by the DPP as alleged by members of the public.
He said the Tribunal has also been talked to and among other things will recommend whether the DPP ought to be removed from office as a result of these allegations.
The President has since notified the Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima of the matter.
And in accordance with Article 57 of the Constitution of Zambia, President Lungu has since appointed Lillian Shawa Siyuni to discharge the functions and powers of the Director of Public Prosecutions during this period.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has appointed Justice Minister Ngosa Simbyakula to act as President during his absence of receiving specialized treatment abroad.
Mr Simbyakula will also act as Minister of Defence.
President Lungu has also terminated the contract of Felix Nkulukusa as Permanent Secretary, Economic Management and Finance (EMF) in the Ministry of Finance and replaced him with Ronald Simwiinga who is currently the Director of Investment and Debt management.
The President has also appointed Former Times of Zambia Managing Director Godfrey Malama as Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services while Stardy Mwale is the new Permanent Secretary for Lusaka Province taking over from Wamunyima Muwana whose contract was recently terminated.
Mr Godfrey Malama, who is a veteran journalist also served as Zambia Daily Mail Managing Director and takes over from Chanda Kasolo who has been reansferred to Eastern province in the same capacity.