Tourism and Arts minister Sylvia Masebo is disappointed with acting chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda and president Michael Sata for allowing the appointment of a tribunal to probe her conduct in the manner she cancelled the safari hunting licenses, sources close to Masebo have revealed.
The source said that Masebo, has all the time thought that president Sata and Chibesakunda would protect her from being probed but on Tuesday felt dejected and disappointed by the two top officials in the PF government.
The source said that from the time of judge Dominic Sichinga’s ruling that Chibesakunda erred by refusing to appoint a tribunal, Masebo’s health has not been at its best.
“You have seen her in the recent past that she has not been too well, she feels disappointed and dejected by the acting chief Justice and the president for not defending her. This is the reason she has been in hospital. Actually, things started getting worse when the Auditor general highlighted some irregularities in the manner finances were used during the UNWTO,” said the source.
He said that with the appointment of the tribunal, Masebo now regrets that she had cancelled the safari hunting license and terminated contracts for the top Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) officers.
“The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has not found anything against the ZAWA officers and now she is regretting that she had them fired for nothing,” said the source.
In a normal and functional government set up, Masebo now has to step down as minister to allow the tribunal to probe her without any interference.