Zambian Voice Executive Director Chilufya Tayali said his organisation does not agree with the manner in which the PF is handling the issue of the DPP.
‘Whilst we are one of the organizations that petitioned suitability of Mr Nchito as DPP right from the time when he was appointed, we do not agree with the victimization or persecution of the constitutional office holders when they do not perform in accordance with political powers or any interest as long as they are within the confines of the law,’ Mr Tayali said.
He said the provisions of the law must be followed to deal with purported erring constitutional officers adding that laws must not be circumvented to fix anyone, even if they are not popularly liked.
Mr Tayali said the statement by PF Secretary General’s Davies Chama over Mr Nchito is in bad test and contemptuous.
He said Mr. Chama cannot engage a High Court Judge in a manner he did as a secretary general of a ruling party.
‘Further we find it very unfortunate that PF youths have been incensed to marshal mob justice on the office of the DPP following the court order of Judge Chitabo. This should not be condoned in a constitutional democracy. It is anarchical for the PF youths to want to behave in such a manner,’ Mr Tayali said.
Youths from the ruling Patriotic Front have threatened and resolved to seal off Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito’s office following a stay of execution by Lusaka High Court Judge Mwila Chitabo against President Edgar Lungu’s decision to suspend him.
Former Lusaka District Secretary Ben Siwila says Judge Chitabo’s decision was an assault on the functions of the Office of President and the Justice System.
“Our position is that DPP Mutembo Nchito remains suspended as pronounced by President Edgar Chagwa Lungu in line with the powers vested in him.
To this effect, we as PF Youths shall cannot sit back and watch justice being short-circuited as we have witnessed with the stay of execution ordered by Judge Mwila Chitabo.” Siwila said.
He said to that effect, his youths had decided to mobilise and seal off the Offices of the Director of Public Prosecutions until the matter is resolved.
“As PF Youths, we shall mobilize and camp at the DPP until this matter is resolved.
Zambia is not a ‘banana republic’ where an individual or indeed their clique can continue to hold arms of Government at ransom.
We should also warn that we will not allow Mr. Nchito to take regular shelter in Judge Mwila Chitabo’s questionable protection.” Siwila declared.