Harrington for judicial review over Masebo tribunal

 Former Transport Minister William Harrington has now decided to file a judicial review application to challenge the Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda’s decision not to constitute a tribunal against Tourism Minister Sylvia Masebo on allegation of corruption and abuse of office.

And the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has confirmed that the documentation demanded from Mr Harrington by the Chief Justice were superfluous and not necessary in the application.

The association was presented with all documentation and the relevant legislation and has agreed that the Acting Chief Justice must constitute a tribunal to investigate the conduct of honourable Masebo and that the requests made by the acting Chief Justice are not supported by law.

Two weeks ago, Justice Chibesakunda refused to institute a tribunal to probe Ms Masebo without giving any reasons apart from stating that the petition did not meet the standard.

Mr Harrington said he was happy that the case had moral support and guidance from various stakeholders.

He expressed shock that Justice Chibesakunda did not want to give Ms Masebo a chance to tell her side of the story. Mr Harrington said that Ms Masebo was supposed to clear herself through the tribunal, adding that it was the only way to ensure there was justice in the country.

He said there was no way Ms Masebo could be in the forefront of the UNTWO preparations when she had a bagful of allegations and she was supposed to cleared first.

“The issues of Masebo tribunal will not a die a natural death, not until she is heard and given the chance to clear herself on the allegations levelled against her,” he said.

And Mr Harrington has commended the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) for giving him support in his quest to pursue the tribunal to investigate Ms Masebo.

In their recent letter requesting to establish this tribunal to investigate Ms Masebo, LAZ advised it stood ready to support any legal action that would be taken to ensure that a tribunal was constituted to investigate the conduct of Ms Masebo, upon realising that all the documentation that were handed to the office of the Chief justice were valid.

Mr. Harrington said that the decision by Justice Chibesakunda was incomprehensible and extremely shocking as it was still contestable.