THE Patriotic Front (PF) says Zambian Voice executive director Chilufya Tayali’s sudden change of heart on the K14 million Development Bank of Zambia (DBZ) loan and the tribunal constituted to investigate suspended Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito is not a coincidence but allegedly a scheme to sway the public from the allegations levelled against Mr Nchito.
PF vice-chairperson, media and publicity committee Sunday Chanda said Mr Tayali’s attacks on Mr Justices Annel Silungwe, Matthew Ngulube and Ernest Sakala are allegedly calculated and aimed at blackmailing the courts.
“Mr Tayali fought hard to be joined to the DBZ K14 million loan scandal in which High Court judge Nigel Mutuna ruled that Mr Nchito, his business partner Fred M’membe and Mr Nchima Nchito had obtained the loan by fraudulent misrepresentation.
“It is easy to construe that each time he (Mr Tayali) opens his mouth to speak, there is an invisible hand dictating to him what to say,” Mr Chanda said.
He said Mr Tayali should be reminded that Zambians will not rest until justice is done.
“Mr Tayali can, therefore, do some soul-searching because without sounding prophetic, a time is coming when Mr Tayali will reject his actions,” he said.
And the International Institute of Democracy and Conflicts Resolution (IIDCR) has challenged Mr Tayali to swear an affidavit and prove allegations that former President Rupiah Banda is corrupt.
IIDCR president Tresford Chomba said it is unfair for Mr Tayali to defame people without providing evidence before relevant law enforcement agencies.
Mr Chomba said this in a letter dated May 27, 2015 addressed to Mr Tayali and availed to the Daily Mail yesterday.
“The IIDCR has taken keen interest in your recent revelations and continued insistence that former President Rupiah Banda is corrupt and a selfish man and that you are ready to prove the aforesaid allegations before the courts of law.
“Further, you have alleged that Mr Mutembo Nchito’s tribunal outcome was known and was merely set to fix our embattled Director of Public Prosecutions. You have also gone ahead to enjoin Richard Sakala, the proprietor of Daily Nation newspaper, as being behind the crafting of the aforesaid tribunal to fix the learned lawyer as the latter prosecuted him.
“You have also called for the recusal of justices Ngulube and Sakala for what you have termed to be bias,” the letter reads in part.
Mr Chomba said Mr Tayali should prove his allegations to enable the public to make informed decisions.
He said it is wrong for Mr Tayali to issue blatant statements in the media without substantiating his allegations.