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Nchito suspended

PRESIDENT Lungu has suspended Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito and appointed a tribunal to enquire into his alleged professional misconduct.
And Mr Lungu has, in accordance with article 57 of the Constitution of Zambia, appointed Lillian Shawa Siyuni to discharge the functions and powers of the DPP pending the outcome of the tribunal.
The President said this in a statement released in Lusaka yesterday by his special assistant for press and public relations Amos Chanda.
“The President has with immediate effect appointed a tribunal to enquire into the alleged misconduct and alleged acts of impropriety by Mr Nchito, as provided for under Article 58, sub-article (2) and (3) of the Constitution of Zambia,” Mr Chanda said.
Mr Lungu has appointed three former chief justices as members of the tribunal.
These are Annel Silungwe who is the chairperson, Mathew Ngulube and Ernest Sakala as members.
The President has also appointed Mathew Zulu as secretary of the tribunal.
The President has tasked the tribunal with eight terms of reference that include probing alleged acts of impropriety by the DPP as alleged by members of the public.
The tribunal has also been tasked to, among other things, recommend whether the DPP ought to be removed from office as a result of the allegations.
The President has since notified Chief Justice Irene Mambilima of the matter.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has appointed Minister of Justice Ngosa Simbyakula to act as President during his absence. He has travelled to South Africa.
Dr Simbyakula will also act as Minister of Defence.
And Mr Lungu has terminated the contract of Mr Felix Nkulukusa as permanent secretary, economic management and finance at the Ministry of Finance and replaced him with Dr Ronald Simwiinga, who was director of investment and debt management until his appointment.
The President has also appointed Mr Godfrey Malama as Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services permanent secretary while Mr Stardy Mwale is the Lusaka Province permanent secretary.