The ruling Patriotic Front (PF) has joined other stakeholders in demanding that the Tribunal appointed to probe suspended Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito opens the proceedings to the general public.
PF Media and Publicity Committee Vice Chairperson Sunday Chanda in a statement says this is considering the nature of the terms of reference and gravity of the matter in that the person involved is DPP whose office ought to be above board.
Mr. Chanda notes that allowing the general public access to the proceedings is important to avoid sensational media from maliciously reporting on proceedings.
Mr. Chanda states that the Tribunal, comprising of eminent persons also owes it to the public to ensure and assure Zambians and other interested stakeholders who may have been duped into believing that these investigations are designed to reverse the momentum regarding the fight against corruption.
He says the PF is aware of deliberate maneuvers by the cartel and its members to misrepresent the true intent of the Tribunal as a scheme by President Lungu, to maliciously persecute the DPP.
Meanwhile, YALI Governance Advisor Isaac Mwanza has told QFM News that it is important that the proceedings of the Tribunal are open to the public.
Mr. Mwanza is surprised to learn that the Tribunal wants to conduct proceedings in camera.
He states that he believes in the interest of Justice being seen to be done, the decision to hold the proceedings in camera should be rescinded.