Masebo in the dock, described as inhuman and cruel woman

MaseboBy A Correspondent

Zambia’s Tourism and Arts Minister is in the dock and has found herself with an array of allegations ranging from unilateral and unlawful
dismissals of four Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) directors and blatant breach of the Parliamentary and Ministerial Code of Conduct and abuse of office among others.
The flamboyant Minister of Tourism in President Michael Sata’s cabinet cancelled the hunting safari concessions for the 19
hunting blocks even after their was  advice from the Attorney General Mumba Malila and the Zambia Public Procurement Agency (ZPPA) against her action.
Masebo who has been shuttling from her home and the Supreme Court is facing a mountainous challenge to clear herself from the allegations as witnesses both serving and those who were fired have continued stating that she abused her authority to cancel the tender for the 19 hunting
Safari tenders even when the tendering and evaluation process was transparent
and above board.
It has been revealed that Masebo fired Matoikwani, Melody Zeko, Rose Chivunga and Taulino Banda because they did not agree to her orders that the Patriotic Front manifesto should have formed part of the criteria in the selection of successful bidders.
The PF manifesto is clear about employing and empowering its cadres and the Tribunal heard that Masebo had decreed that black Zambians with big noses should have been given preference in the awarding of the hunting safari concessions
Former ZAWA director general Edwin Matokwani yesterday gave moving submissions and described his dismissal and that of his other directors as evil, gruesome, illegal and inhuman.
Matokwani revealed that Masebo had formed her own cartel comprising Guy Robinson, Timothy Mushibwe, Asherwood Kethian and Anna Baro who were interested parties to the tender that was cancelled without following procedure.
Masebo is without doubt facing a mountain of challenges to clear her name as serving officers and those that she unilaterally fired have testified against her stating Masebo gravely misconducted herslf by assuming the role of ZAWA and ZPPA when she ordered that the tender document
should be revised.
Masebo has also been accused of having breached the State Security Act when she announced and shared security information with unauthorized persons such as the media.
During her infamous press conference on December 30 2012, Masebo announced that some foreign Aircrafts were violating Zambia’s airspace and were landing in the country’s national parks
and were allegedly airlifting wildlife to some unknown destination’ an assertions Masebo has not lived to prove.
But Mr Matokwani on Tueday told the Supreme Court Judge Rhoyda Kaoma that as director general of ZAWA, he had worked closely with the Zambia Air Force and at no time did any foreign airplane land in any of the country’s national park.
Matokwani told the tribunal that since his dismissal by Masebo, he had looked forward to a day when he would be availed with an opportunity to be heard because when he was fired, he never got a chance to defend himself.
Rose Chivunga who was at the time of losing her job the tourism development and marketing was fired soon after the death of her husband and she told the tribunal that Masebo had acted inhumanly by dismissing her even when she did not actively participate in the evaluation of the bids.
Masebo becomes the second cabinet minister in President Michael Sata’s administration to face the tribunal after her counterpart at the Ministry of Justice Wynter Kabimba who is the secretary  general of the ruling party.
Mr Kabimba has since been cleared by the discredited Judge Evans Hamaundu of all the allegations he was accused by civil rights activist
Brebner Changala and former Solwezi Central MMD parliamentarian Lucky Mulusa.

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