Constitutional Court stops Lungu from firing DPP

Constitutional Court stops Lungu from firing DPP

 

THE Constitutional Court has stopped President Edgar Lungu’s decision to remove Mutembo Nchito from the position of Director of Public Prosecutions.

Last week, President Lungu wrote to Mutembo, informing him that he had been relieved of his duties, in accordance with Article 144 of the amended Constitution, following a recommendation from the justice Annel Silungwe led tribunal.

But Mutembo asked the Constitutional Court to nullify President Lungu’s decision on grounds that Article 144 of the Constitution does not give powers to a tribunal to recommend the removal of a DPP, but instead gives such powers to the Judicial Complaints Authority, which never sat to hear his case.

Constitutional Court judge Enock Mulembe yesterday granted Mutembo the order to stay the President’s decision and set August 19, for inter parties hearing.

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