Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mutembo Nchito has taken over and will personally prosecute former Drug Enforcement Commission chief Aaron Zulu.
Sources in the DPP’ officers have disclosed that Nchito has already told his juniors that he will be in charge of the case when trial begins.
Zulu is charged with one count of abuse of authority of office contrary to Section 99 (1) of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
It is alleged that Zulu on July 8, 2011, in Lusaka, being a person employed in the public service, namely DEC as commissioner abused the authority of his office and in breach of the laid down procedures sold or directed the sale of 118.897 kilogrammes of gold to Societe Financier Du Seujut SA at a value less than the market price, an act prejudicial to the rights or interests of the government.
Zulu and Nchito worked together at the Task Force on Corruption in the Levy Mwanawasa regime. Zulu was the first Chairman of the Task Force while Nchito was just a private prosecutor but assumed more power based on his alliance with Mwanawasa.
Sources close to the system explained that Zulu had problems with Nchito’s professional conduct at that time and the two were always at loggerheads.
Sources in the DPP’s office have told the Watchdog that Nchito is now excited at the chance to punish his former boss.