Former Communication and Transport Minister, William Harrington says he does not take pleasure in the sacking of Sylvia Masebo as Tourism and Arts Minister.
President Michael Sata yesterday fired Ms Masebo who is awaiting the outcome of the findings of a tribunal constituted to probe her alleged professional misconduct and interference in the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) operations.
But Mr. Harrington, who instigated the setting up of the tribunal to probe Ms. Masebo, says he finds it unfair to comment on her dismissal because he does not derive any delight in her being fired.
Mr. Harrington has told Qfm News in a telephone that it will be further unfair to both President Sata and Ms. Masebo for him or anybody else to assume that the step the Head of State has taken is based on the tribunal.
He says this is because the tribunal has not yet formally handed its findings of its investigations to the Head of State.
Mr Harrington maintains that his main goal for initiating the tribunal to probe Ms. Masebo was only to seek justice as he did not take pleasure in among other things, seeing people lose their jobs at ZAWA as a result of the actions of the Minister.
Meanwhile opposition Zambians for Empowerment and Development (ZED) president Fredrick Mutesa has welcomed President Sata’s decision to relieve Ms. Masebo of her duties as Tourism and Arts Minister.
Dr Mutesa says his party believes the action by the President will also be welcomed by a majority of the people in the country because it is in keeping with transparency and accountability.
Dr. Mutesa has told Qfm News in a separate interview that this is why his party finds the decision of the Head of State long overdue going by the allegations leveled against Ms. Masebo.