DPP not mandated to sanction arrest-LAZ

 DPP not mandated to sanction arrest-LAZ

By MAIMBO MWEEMBA
The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) says the Director of Public Prosecution’s mandate does not extend to sanction who or whom to arrest and re-arrest.

LAZ honorary Secretary Sokwani Chilembo said the DPP has exclusive power to undertake and institute criminal prosecution before any court of law.

Mr Chilembo said article 180 of the Amended 2016 Constitution as read with Section 8 of the National Prosecution Authority -Act of 2010.

He said LAZ expects the office of the DPP and law enforcement agencies to collaborate on matters failing within their jurisdiction.

“The leakage of the letter allegedly written by the DPP to the Drug Enforcement Commission questioning the re-arrest of former Konkola Copper Provisional Liquidator Milingo Lungu is unfortunate,” he said.