Zambia’s Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito has categorically refused to comment on calls for him to resign his position. This happened at the Lusaka Magistrates Complex on Monday June 3, 2013 when he went to personally ensure that Zambia’s former president Rupiah Banda’s passport is not released for him to travel to South Africa for a conference organised by Boston University.
Nchito has been trying to be user friendly ever since he was recently exposed by this reporter for avoiding being filmed on camera. As Nchito walked to his official vehicle after court sessions I approached him while filming him on my Sony PD175 video camera.
This is how it went:
NCHITO: Mulishani? (How are you?)
CHIMBA: DPP, I just want to take you on on calls from some sections of society that you resign your position.
NCHITO: (Lets go a laugh) Aah! Ba Chanda lelo mule fwaya uku ncita interview? (Aah! Mr. Chanda, today you want to interview me?)
Nchito hurried to get into his vehicle and closed the door. I kept on filming till he dropped the window.
CHIMBA: So have you refused DPP, you are not giving any comment?
NCHITO: There is a procedure sir for dealing with these issues.
CHIMBA: Which is?
DPP: Aah! You can go and find out.
CHIMBA: What about the fact that you didn’t appear before LAZ?
NCHITO: (Orders driver) Iwe tiye. (You let’s go.)
Zambia’s DPP was obviously not expecting such questioning. In a nutshell he ran away from further probing and if he was a pedestrian what he did can be likened to taking to his heels, yes running away. This is the same man who since being exposed for avoiding being filmed on camera been trying for whatever reasons to engage in some talk with me as I film, all of which I have on tape. One time he even said, “I can give you an interview if you want.” But on Monday June 3, 2013 he was simply tight lipped.
I left home with one objective, to get a comment from Nchito on calls for him to resign. I am happy that whatever he said is very sufficient for the documentary I am working on though I would have loved to have more, but he made my day.
There have been calls especially from Solwezi Central Member of Parliament Lucky Mulusa and other stake holders for Nchito to resign on matters bordering on integrity among others. Mulusa took a complaint to LAZ which had set May 24, 2013 to hear both sides but Nchito snubbed the Association without giving any reasons. Mulusa is the legislator who chaired the Parliamentary Select Committee that ratified Nchito as DPP in 2011.