I’ll expose mafias in tourism sector-Masebo


SYLVIA Masebo has charged that her defence in the case in which she has been charged with abuse of authority of office for unilaterally cancelling hunting concessions will give her an opportunity to expose the mafias and wildlife cartels in the tourism sector.

Ms Masebo has been put on her defence over the matter and yesterday she was expected to open her defence but State prosecutors failed to turn up for the case a situation which angered Lusaka Magistrate Ireen Washimanga.

Ms Masebo was, however, acquitted in a case in which she was accused of having unilaterally dismissed Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) directors.

In her ruling, Lusaka magistrate Wishimanga said the prosecution had not proved the case of dismissing officers beyond reasonable doubt.

Magistrate Washimanga said it was clear that the letters of termination of contract were written by the permanent secretary and not the accused.

She said it was also not correct that Masebo dismissed the workers as her pronouncement at the media briefing was not authority enough for officers to lose their jobs.

Magistrate Washimanga further explained that the permanent secretary was the one who terminated the employment of the top ZAWA officers as she was the author of the letters.

Meanwhile, State prosecutors in a matter in which former Chongwe Parliamentarian Sylvia Mateo is charged with abuse of authority of office when she allegedly cancelled the tender for hunting concessions for the Zambia  Wildlife Authority(ZAWA) without following laid down procedures have failed to appear before court for the second time.

The prosecutors,  Makebi Zulu, Gilbert Phiri and Bonniface Chiwala failed to appear for the commence of Masebo’s defence after the court found her with a case to answer for allegedly cancelling the ZAWA hunting concessions.

This angered Magistrate Irene Washimanga who stated that she had expressed disappointment over the failure by the State to appear before court for the second time without any reasonable cause when the accused had made an effort to appear for her defence.

Ms Washimanga said she had priviously given the State the benefit of doubt and adjourned the matter to October 4 for opening of defence.

Last month Ms Washimanga acquitted Masebo on a charge of unlawful dismissing senior Zambia Wildlife Authority officers.

The court, however, found Masebo with a case to answer on the charge of cancellation of wildlife concessions and placed her on

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