Tourism Minister Sylvia Masebo was on March 6, 2014 reduced to a miserable shadow of a dejected person and went vile against the persona of Makebi Zulu, one of the lawyers representing William Harington, in the tribunal investigating her breaching of the State Security Act and abuse of authority among several other allegations.
Ms Mesobo through a terse cross examination by Makebi Zulu that lasted four and half hours has since revealed that the Patriotic Front and all government departments including the Office of the President and the Anti-Corruption Commission are infiltrated by what she called a cartel and the ‘Mafioso’.
Apart from accusing Makebi Zulu of being a member of the unnamed cartel and defending criminals, Masebo admitted that she had ignored the legal advice from Attorney General Mumba Malila and the Solicitor General Musa Mwenye against the cancellation of the 19 ZAWA Safari hunting concession tender.
Masebo has also implicated President Michael Sata of having ordered her to fire former ZAWA boss Edwin Matokwani and four of his directors because they had failed to comply with instructions to consider the PF manifesto as a criterion of selecting successful bidders.
Masebo who was testifying in the Judge Rhoyda Kaoma Tribunal investigating her on allegations of breaching the Parliamentary and Ministerial Code of Conduct warned Mr Zulu to be careful of unknown consequences.
“Iwe, you wanted me to give six contracts to one family? Be careful!. You are part of the cartel,” an angry Masebo said before she was ordered to withdraw her statement against Makebi.
Judge Kaoma had to put up with Masebo’s unpalatable language and as the cross examination continued, the Tourism minister wore out and her responses to the questions about her dirty dealings became laced with vengeance, vindictiveness and hatred.
Masebo while in the dock turned ecclesiastical praying that God should punish those she believes were behind the tribunal singling out the Daily Nation and former Defence Minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba as having connived to scheme stories that led to the establishment of the tribunal.
She also admitted that her statement that there were foreign aircrafts that were violating the Zambian airspace and airlifting the country’s wildlife to some unnamed foreign countries confessing that she did not discuss her alarming statement with the then Defence Minister or any security wing of government.
She takes the stand for the second day on Friday as lawyers Makebi Zulu Gilbert Phiri Keti
Meemba and Jonas Zimba take turns and time cross examining her and the session could be another slow but excruciating experience for a woman whose political life has been anchored on discredited principle of sebana wikute.