Masebo, Vlahakis accused of sponsoring confusion in ZAWA

Former Tourism and Arts Minister Sylvia Masebo together with former Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) Director General Zen Vlahakis have been accused of economic sabotage by influencing some ZAWA employees to protest against the ZAWA new management appointed by Masebo’s successor Jean Kapata.

According to a source at Cabinet Office, Masebo a sworn enemy to the new Tourism and Arts Minister Jean Kapata has been dishing out huge sums of money to some ZAWA employees to protest against the new Director General Kampampa Kombe.

The source said Masebo is not happy that Kapata appointed Kampampa Kombe who was until his appointment the ZAWA Legal Counsel because she believes he helped former Communications and Transport Minister William Harrington with inside information during the Roydah Kaoma tribunal that probed Masebo on allegations of abuse of authority of office for cancelling duly awarded tenders and firing senior managers.

“These people (Masebo and Kapata) have taken their political battles to ZAWA. Masebo is working with Zen Vlahakis the former ZAWA DG to frustrate Jean Kapata. They are financing some workers to protest against the new DG appointed by Kapata. Masebo says Kombe assisted Harrington with information that led to the tribunal finding her guilty of not following procedure,” a source said.

Some ZAWA workers recently protested against the new ZAWA management.

Masebo was dragged to the tribunal by Harrington for abuse of authority of office. The tribunal found Masebo guilty of cancelling hunting concession tenders at ZAWA.

Masebo was dismissed and replaced with Mandevu Member of Parliament Jean Kapata. Kapata and Masebo do not see each other face to face because Masebo is a supporter of Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba, while Kapata supported former Defense Minister Geofrey Bwalya Mwamba for PF Presidency. Kapata has however now shifted her support towards the ailing dictator Michael Sata’s son Mulenga.

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