SUSPENDED Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito has withdrawn the appeal in a case where he sought to prosecute The Post newspaper editor Fred M’membe, who has been sued for allegedly defaming former President Rupiah Banda.
Mr Nchito has withdrawn the appeal in the Supreme Court based on the opinion from Attorney-General Likando Kalaluka that his quest to prosecute Mr M’membe is against public policy, Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation reported yesterday.
The appeal was before Supreme Court judge Roydah Kaoma.
Meanwhile, Judge Kaoma has reserved ruling on the cross-appeal by Mr M’membe in the same matter.
In March this year, High Court judge Chalwe Mchenga quashed Mr Nchito’s application to take over the prosecution of Mr M’membe in the matter where the latter has been dragged to court for allegedly defaming Mr Banda.
Judge Mchenga had ruled that it was not befitting public interest for Mr Nchito to take over the prosecution of Mr M’membe in the defamation case.
TEDDY KUYELA – Daily Mail