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Justice-Zambia: Tribunal probing former minister begins sitting

Zambia Wild Life Authority - The tribunal constituted to probe Zambia’s Tourism Minister Sylvia Masebo for alleged interference in the operations of the Zambia Wild Life Authority (ZAWA) began sitting in Lusaka Monday.

Petitioner, former Transport and Communications Minister William Harringtone, who maintained that Masebo interfered with the ZAWA Act, also told the tribunal that Masebo breached the Zambia Public Procurement Act by cancelling the tendering process for hunting blocks.

Harringtone also charged that the Masebo’s decision to dissolve the ZAWA board and later on management was a breach of the ZAWA Act.

He also told the tribunal that Masebo breached the parliamentary and ministerial code of conduct when she publicly alleged that some foreign registered aircraft were allegedly violating Zambian laws by uplifting wildlife or government trophy from the country.

Harringtone said the issue of air lifting government trophy was supposed to have been referred to the Zambia Air Force because it boarded on breach of state security.

The tribunal is being chaired by Acting Supreme Court Judge Roydah Kaoma

This is the second tribunal sitting this year to probe a cabinet minister. Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba was also being investigated by a tribunal for alleged abuse of office and breach of the oath of secrecy.

It was alleged that Kabimba abused his office by using Government information rendered by Solicitor General Musa Mwenye to allegedly back up the ruling party’s cases attempting to block parliamentarians whose seats had been nullified by the Supreme Court for engaging in corrupt practices.

The tribunal last week submitted its findings to President Michael Sata who is studying the findings before being made public.

Pana 24/02/2014