Nkole explains his dismissal
FORMER Task Force on Corruption chairman Max Nkole
yesterday said he was a casualty because of his stance on former president
Frederick Chiluba's acquittal but has no regrets. In an interview, Nkole, who
described his dismissal as a temporary setback, said he was not bitter at
"It's a temporary setback. I am a casualty because of my stance. I
don't regret my stance to appeal, I was totally right. My stance on us
appealing, I was totally right," he said.
Nkole said he accepts that they
terminated his job for reasons best known to themselves.
"My job as a
corruption fighter is not the most envied job. It has casualties. It's from the
perspective to terminate my appointment rather than the contract," he
He said his absence from the Task Force on Corruption does not take
"It's important for people to know that the Director of
Public Prosecutions (DPP) is a lawyer acting on behalf of the Task Force as a
government institution. The DPP appointed MNB legal practitioners to work with
the Task Force as his agent," Nkole said. "The Task Force gives instructions to
the DPP through MNB legal practitioners. That's the sort of lawyer-client
relationship that has existed. MNB has been prosecuting the Chiluba cases, the
DPP himself has never been there in court."
He said MNB would remain the
Task Force lawyers if the DPP wants them to continue.
"With or without me
we have MNB legal practitioners acting on behalf of the Task Force. I have gone
but the Task Force will remain until it's abolished," Nkole said.
Tuesday, President Rupiah Banda's government fired Nkole following his appeal
against the acquittal of Chiluba and the lengthy interview he gave to MUVI
TV on Monday night.
Announcing the termination of Nkole's services in
a short statement last evening, Secretary to the Cabinet Dr Joshua Kanganja
stated that "following the expiration of the contract of employment of Mr
Maxwell Nkole as executive chairman of the Task Force on Corruption, Mr Godfrey
Kayukwa, director general of the Anti-Corruption Commission, will with immediate
effect, serve as executive chairman of the Task Force for administrative
convenience until further notice".
But government sources yesterday urged
Dr Kanganja to be honest on Nkole's contract of employment.
a letter of appointment sent to Mr Nkole by the late president Levy Mwanawasa on
November 15, 2005. The then president stated that he had appointed Mr Nkole as
executive chairman of the Task Force on Corruption with effect from November 16,
2005 for an initial period of six months. After which Mr Nkole will be confirmed
to permanent establishment," the source explained. "So what expiration of
contract is Kanganja talking about? If you read president Mwanawasa's letter you
will see that the reason being cited is not the true position. Why did they have
to wait all this while only to come and realise that now? Why didn't they talk
about this in 2006? So what has happened here is a termination of employment and
not expiration of contract as Kanganja is putting it."