Masebo probe tribunal sworn-in

Tourism Minister Sylvia Masebo
Tourism Minister Sylvia Masebo
Acting Chief Justice, Lombe Chibesakunda, has given the tribunal appointed to probe allegations of misconduct against Tourism and Arts Minister, Sylvia Masebo 45 days to conclude its work.

The tribunal has been constituted following a complaint by former Transport and Communication Minister, William Harrington alleging that Ms Masebo abused the authority of office regarding operations at the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA).

Speaking during the swearing in of the three tribunal members at Lusaka High Court this afternoon, Justice Chibesakunda reminded the three members of the important and seriousness of the assignment at hand.

Justice Chibesakunda explained that the assignment the tribunal has been given is provided in Section 19 of the Parliamentary and Ministerial Code of Conduct Act.

He urged the tribunal members to discharge their duties without fear or favor.

The Tribunal members sworn-in are Acting Supreme Court Judge Rhodah Kaoma as chairperson, Livingstone High Court judge-in-charge Ernest Mukulamutiyo and Lusaka High Court judge Chalwe Mchenga as members, while Mathews Zulu is the Secretary of the tribunal.

Speaking to journalists after the swearing in of the tribunal, former Minister of Transport and Communication William Harrington says he is happy that the tribunal will finally takeoff after waiting for so long and spending a lot of money on it.

Mr. Harrington has also paid tribute to Lusaka High Court judge Dominic Sichinga for the manner he handled the judicial review process stating that without his professional and uncompromising stand the tribunal would not have been constituted.