Former Tourism Minister Given Lubinda says he is not surprised that Sylvia Masebo interfered in the operations of ZAWA and fired directors because he faced the same pressure when he was minister.
Lubinda Wednesday morning told the tribunal probing current Tourism Minister Sylvia Masebo that Vice President Guy Scott and Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba asked him to fire then Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) Director General Edwin Matokwani during the time he served as Minister.
Mr. Lubinda told the tribunal that Dr. Scott and Mr.Kabimba in his capacity as Patriotic Front Secretary General wanted Mr Matokwani to be fired because he was appointed by the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) government.
He testified that he did not fire Mr. Matokwani because he had no right or authority to interfere with the operations of the Zambia Wildlife Authority.
The Kabwata parliamentarian further told the tribunal that he always had to seek the indulgence and advice from the Attorney General on how to handle the issues relating to running the Ministry of Tourism before making any decision.
And when asked by defence lawyers Makebi Zulu and Gilbert Phiri if the vice president or any other individual had interest in the hunting concessions, Mr. Lubinda told the tribunal that he had no knowledge about that.
Mr. Lubinda also maintained during the cross examination that he never interfered neither did he have intentions to interfere in any tender process for the ministry of Tourism or ZAWA because he did not have the authority to do.
He further told the tribunal that he never had a chance to meet with the ZAWA board members after their appointment because he was immediately transferred to the ministry of foreign affairs.