AFRICAN Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption (APNAC) Zambia chapter chairperson Cornelius Mweetwa says he is shocked with the appointment of justices Matthews Ngulube and Ernest Sakala to the tribunal constituted to probe Director of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito.
Mweetwa, who is also Choma Central UPND member of parliament said the two former chief justices should have declared interest in the matter.
“I will be shocked if justice Ngulube will accept to sit on a tribunal that is investigating Mutembo Nchito,” Mweetwa said. “Is he serious? I hope that there is a mistake on the tribunal announced to probe the Director of Public Prosecutions. Can justice Ngulube and justice Sakala honestly tell the nation that they will be able to deal with the DPP matter impartially? I will be very shocked if they have accepted and if they have, this is a serious indictment on the professionalism of our judicial system.”
He said Mutembo Nchito would not get a fair hearing from the tribunal.
“With the Zamtroop bank account history, can Ngulube look at Nchito and give him a fair hearing? I don’t want to say so much for now because I am hoping there is a mistake. As for justice Sakala, there is a lot of unfinished business where he is mentioned in relation to the DPP. The best these men could have done is to advise those who are pushing them that this is not right,” Mweetwa said.
He said the appointment of justices Ngulube and Sakala was not reflecting positively on the justice system.
“If what we are seeing is reflective of the way our justice system operates in our country, I am sorry to say there must be a lot of innocent people rotting in our prisons today,” said Mweetwa.