I didn’t meet State House over tribunal – Changala

DIRECTROR of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito
DIRECTROR of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito

CIVIL rights activist Brebner Changala says he has never met President Lungu or any State House official concerning the tribunal constituted to investigate alleged professional misconduct by suspended Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito.
In a statement issued yesterday, Mr Changala also dismissed assertions that his name was used by State House to frame charges against Mr Nchito.
“I have never at any point said that Mutembo Nchito is innocent. My statement was to the effect that there is no malice against the DPP on my part, hence the statement that if he is innocent, I would be glad if he was cleared,” Mr Changala said.
Mr Changala was quoted in The Post yesterday as saying that Mr Nchito never planted drugs on him.
“As for the banner headline in The Post newspaper edition of April 20, 2015 that I exposed a plot to criminalise the DPP, I know of no such a plot and I have not exposed any such a plot,” Mr Changala said.
Mr Nchito refused to comment on the matter.
The tribunal chaired by former chief justice Annel Silungwe was appointed on March 10 by President Lungu to enquire into the alleged misconduct and acts of impropriety by Mr Nchito, as provided for under Article 58, sub-article (2) and (3) of the Constitution of Zambia.
Other members of the tribunal are former chief justices Mathew Ngulube and Ernest Sakala.
The tribunal has been given eight terms of reference that include the probing of the alleged acts of impropriety by the DPP as alleged by members of the public.
They also include investigations that Mr Nchito allegedly repeatedly abused his authority by indiscriminately entering a nolle prosequi in cases in which he is alleged to have interest of his own to serve.
The tribunal has also been tasked to investigate alleged misconduct or misbehaviour of Mr Nchito, whereby on February 20, 2015, he purportedly took over prosecution of a matter before senior resident magistrate Lameck Mwale.
It has also been tasked to probe alleged misbehaviour of Mr Nchito on or about May 8, 2013, when he purportedly took over the prosecution of his known business allies Mr Fred M’membe and the Post Newspapers Limited without declaring conflict of interest.
Another term of reference will be to investigate allegations that Mr Nchito took over matters in which he has a conflict of interest relating to his business partners (Mr M’membe and the Post Newspapers Limited), and Rajan Mahtani (creditor), thereby going against his statement made before the Parliamentary Select Committee of the National Assembly of Zambia.
The tribunal will recommend to the President whether Mr Nchito ought to be removed from office for the allegations.