Tourism and Arts Minister Sylvia Masebo has called one of her many lovers as her witness in the Roydah Kaoma led tribunal. Masebo has called North Western Province Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga as one of her witnessess to testify in the tribunal in which she is alleged to have abused her authority.
A source from within the Judiciary has disclosed that Malupenga a former Post Newspapers Managing Editor and a Man friend to Masebo is coming in to testify as former Labour and Tourism Permanent Secretary. Malupenga who himself was implicated in the US $ 200 million Digital Migration scam that was halted by former Information Permanent secretaryEmmanuel Mwamba is among the names of the people whom Masebo’s lawyers Robert Simenza, Bonaventure Mutale and Michael Mundashi have Subpoenad to testify in defense of Masebo.
‘Amos Malupenga is one of those who have been Subpoenad by Masebo. Including businessman Timothy Mushibwe formerlyof Deloite and Touche” the source said. Malupenga is a man friend to Masebo. The affair started when Malupenga worked as Managing Editor for the Post Newspapers. It is actually Masebo who introduced Malupenga to late President Levy Patrick Mwanawasa. That is how Malupenga even managed to write Levy Mwanawasa’s Biography. Malupenga himself is corrupt. He is alleged to have received US $ 200,000 from a Chinese company ZTE that tendered for supply of Digital migration equipment when Malupenga served as information permanent secretary. He was even invited to China by ZTE at ZTE’s expense when the digital migration tender was still active. He was accompanied to China by then chairperson of digital migration taskforce Lowani Soko, Patrick Mutumushi Director technical services from ZICTA and Malolela Lusambo the Director of Engineering at ZNBC. Malupenga is also believed to have personally benefited from printing of stickers he calls holograms. Malupenga also solicited for money from many organisations and individual well wishers purpoting to be fundraising for the old Mongu based couple that had their wedding last year. He collected a lot of money that he did not foward to the old couple. When Malupenga and Masebo’s affair was hyper active during President Mwanawasa’s reign, Masebo made sure that Malupenga’s wife Betty who is a Magistrate was shunted in Mkushi in order for her to enjoy un interrupted sexual escapades with Malupenga. Sources at the Post say the two could at times have sex in the blue Nissan Hardbody that Malupenga used to drive.
Masebo starts her defense in the tribunal on 04/03/14 after the petitioners last witness Attorney General Mumba Malila testified that she was not in order to dissolve the Zambia Wildlife Authority Board. Malila also said Masebo was not in order to dismiss the ZAWA senior management.