Tribunal decides to try Nchito in secret, compromised judges refuse to step aside

Tribunal decides to try Nchito in secret, compromised judges refuse to step aside

The tribunal set up by president Edgar Lungu t

Mutembio Nchito

Mutembio Nchito

o remove Mutembo Nchito from office as DPP has decided to hold the proceedings in camera (secret).

The tribunal chaired by former chief justice Annel Silungwe has also dismissed the application to have justices Matthew Ngulube and Ernest Sakala recuse (remove) themselves. The Tribunal further said that the terms of reference given to them by Lungu are competent (in order).

In his preliminary issues, suspended DPP Mutembo Nchito had applied that the proceedings should be held in public because they have generated public interest.

But the Tribunal refused and said they would begin the secretive deliberations today (Tuesday may 19) at 14 hours. This means that Journalists and members of the public would not be allowed to listen to the proceedings. It will only be the three judges , the accused person, lawyers and witnesses.

The judges who are seen to be compromised said they did not want to depart from established practices that has served the country so well. It is not clear how holding trials in dark corners has served the country in any way.

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