Expedite Masebo Tribunal

The office of the Chief Justice should expedite the process of setting up the tribunal to investigate Tourism Minister Sylvia Masebo on corruption allegations, says Travel and Tourism consultant Phineas Chilanda.

Chilanda said if the process was quickened, it would also help Masebo to clear herself of any wrong doing.

He commended Lusaka High Court Judge Dominic Sichinga for granting the opportunity to have Masebo face the tribunal so that she could be cleared.

Chilanda said that as consultants in the industry, he found it unfair for the state to have dragged the matter through an injunction to halt the tribunal..

“Our appeal as stakeholders is, now that the court has ruled that the tribunal must proceed, it will be prudent for the acting chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda to expedite the tribunal because the team was already appointed,” he said.

Chilanda said that Masebo’s Tribunal must be cleared because she was heading a Ministry that was dealing with various entities, and that delaying the process was improper and did nto help her perform her duties as a minister.

He said that the tribunal alone did not mean that she was guilty, but it would also give her the opportunity to state her side of the story.

Justice Chibesakunda had constituted a three-member tribunal to be chaired by Justice Royda Kaoma with Justice E.N Mukulwamutiyo and Justice C.F Mchenga as members.

But the State obtained an exparte injunction to stay the ruling of Justice Sichinga stating that Chibesakunda must appoint a tribunal as required by law.

But earlier this week Justice Sichinga ordered that the tribunal against Masebo should proceed.

Judge Sichinga ruled that he did not agree with the State’s arguments that if the Judgment ordering the Supreme Court to constitute a Tribunal against Masebo was not stayed, the appeal in the Supreme Court over the tribunal would be rendered nugatory and an academic exercise.