Mutembo Nchito Tribunal defends Sakala, Ngulube

Mutembo Nchito
Mutembo Nchito

The Tribunal probing suspended Director of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito says calls for Justices Ernest Sakala and Mathew Ngulube to recues themselves from the hearing are premature.

Tribunal Secretary, Mathew Zulu says such demands are just aimed at derailing the process.

Mr. Zulu has told ZNBC News in Lusaka saturday that none of the complaints and claims against the two Justices have been brought to the attention of the tribunal.

He urged anyone with complaints to follow the proper channel and take their complaints to the tribunal.

Mr. Zulu says the public and those involved must let the tribunal do its work without interference.

He said the Tribunal remains resolute and steadfast in completing the mandate given to them by President Edgar Lungu.

Suspended DPP, Mutembo Nchito and various stakeholders have demanded that Justices Ernest Sakala and Mathew Ngulube recue themselves from the hearing, accusing them of being interested parties.

And the Foundation for Democratic Process FODEP has welcomed news that president Lungu intends to amend the terms of reference for the tribunal constituted to probe Director of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito.

FODEP Executive Director McDonald Chipenzi says there is nothing wrong for the terms of reference to be amended if some of the charges against the DPP are defective.

Mr Chipenzi was speaking in an interview with ZNBC News in Lusaka.

He however says steps to amend the charges might also mean that proper ground work was not done.

Mr Chipenzi has appealed to the tribunal to work within the timeframe as it probes Mr Nchito, in an effort to ensure that justice is not compromised.

Meanwhile, Mr Chipenzi has said the tribunal should ensure that its proceedings are open to the public.

He says public hearing of the tribunal is necessary for transparency to prevail.