Sata handed Masebo tribunal report

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MINISTER of Tourism and Arts Sylvia Masebo (middle) after appearing before the tribunal at Supreme Court in Lusaka yesterday. – Picture by COLLINS PHIRI.
MINISTER of Tourism and Arts Sylvia Masebo (middle) after appearing before the tribunal at Supreme Court in Lusaka yesterday. – Picture by COLLINS PHIRI.

The Judge Rhoyda Kaoma led tribunal constituted to investigate former Tourism and Arts Minister Sylvia Masebo for alleged professional misconduct and interference in the operations of the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) has today handed over the report of its findings to President Michael Sata.

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The Judge Kaoma tribunal’s investigations centered on allegations that Ms. Masebo abused her Ministerial office and interfered in the operations of ZAWA when she ordered the withdrawal of 19 Safari hunting licenses in breach of the Zambia Public Procurement Agency ACT No. 12 of 2008.

Ms. Masebo was also being investigated in relation to the dismissal of senior ZAWA management officials in breach of the Parliamentary and Ministerial Code of Conduct Act, Chapter 16 of the Laws of Zambia.

Speaking shortly after the formal hand over of the report, Tribunal Secretary Mathew Zulu disclosed to Qfm News that the tribunal’s 130 page report would also be made public electronically through the Judiciary’s public relations officer Terry Musonda at 14:00hrs yesterday, March 26th

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Meanwhile President Michael Sata has elevated Jean Kapata as new Tourism and Arts Minister.

Ms. Kapata, who was until her elevation Community Development Deputy Minister has replaced Chongwe Member of Parliament Sylvia Masebo, who was last week relieved of her duties as Tourism and Arts Minister.

The President’s special assistant for press and public relations George Chellah told journalists this morning that Mkushi North Member of Parliament Ingrid Mphande has also been appointed as the new Community Development Deputy Minister.

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