Zambian Voice happy with discontinuation of DPP’s case

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The Zambian Voice has welcomed the decision by the Lusaka Magistrate Court to discontinue the case where a private Lusaka resident Newton Ng’uni drugged the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mutembo Nchito to court on allegations of abuse of public office .
Zambian Voice Executive Director Chilufya Tayali said the law was clear that a sitting Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) cannot be prosecuted according to the constitution.
This is according to the press statement issued by Mr. Tayali to ZANIS in Lusaka today.
Mr. Tayali however observed that the discontinuation of Mr. Nchito’s case does not mean that the DPP’s immunity is not like that of the President which is explicit in the constitution.
He said the matter has remained with President Edgar Lungu to set up a tribunal according to article 58 of the constitution of Zambia to probe the DPP.
Mr. Tayali said the DPP may not function properly because public confidence has been shaken by the allegations.
He said therefore the President has an obligation to protect the DPP’s office.
Mr. Tayali has also commended President Lungu for not interfering with proceedings in court since the case started.

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