Masebo arrested over ZAWA decisions

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested former Minister of Tourism Sylvia Masebo over two counts of abuse of authority of office and has released her on police bond.

Ms. Masebo is alleged to have abused her authority of office between December 2012 and June 2013 while serving as Minister of Tourism.

In the first count, Ms. Masebo is alleged to have abused the authority of her office by cancelling the procurement process of a tender for hunting concessions while in the  second count, she is alleged to have abused the authority of her office by terminating the contracts of some senior employees at the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) without following procedure.

Ms. Masebo was served with a summon by the ACC on Tuesday which required her to avail herself for questioning on Wednesday, but asked to be excused as she had to attend to parliamentary commitments.

She then turned up for questioning around 10:00 yesterday in the company of her lawyer Robert Simeza. After almost one hour of interrogations, ACC acting Public Relations Manager Dorothy Mwanza told reporters that ACC had arrested Ms. Masebo for alleged abuse of authority of office but was released on police bond.

Ms. Mwanza explained that Ms. Masebo would appear in court next week.

“We have arrested Ms. Sylvia Masebo, Chongwe member of parliament, on two cases of abuse of authority of office.  In the first count, Ms. Masebo is charged with abuse of authority of her office by cancelling the procurement process of tender number ZAWA/AG/002/2 for hunting concession without following laid down procurement procedures.

Meanwhile, Ms. Masebo has described her arrest by the ACC as politically motivated. Speaking to reporters shortly after her release, Ms Masebo accused President Lungu of using the ACC to silence those opposing Government because he knew that he would not win election’s next year.

She said would not be intimidated by anyone trying to bring her down because she was ready to argue her case in court.

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