Masebo acted against the law-ZAWA official

Tourism Minister Sylvia Masebo did not have any powers to cancel the 19 Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) Safari hunting concession tender, a serving ZAWA) official, Manus Mwanza has testified.

After a terse cross examination by Makebi Zulu, one of the lawyers representing William Harrington who is the petitioner in the Judge Rhoyda Kaoma chaired Tribunal; Manus Simwanza admitted that only officials sitting on the tender committee had powers to cancel the tender.

Simwanza who had difficulties testifying against Masebo was forced by Zulu to admit that the Tourism Minister acted against the law when she cancelled the ZAWA tender.

Simwanza, who is the current ZAWA head of procurement, told the Justice Kaoma led Tribunal that Masebo as Minister of Tourism had no authority to cancel the Safari hunting concession tender because she was not a member of the tender committee.

It was revealed to the Tribunal that Simwanza was personally employed at ZAWA by Masebo without following any recruitment criteria after she (Masebo) dismissed Taulino Banda who was the head of procurement at the time.

Simwanza became hostile in answering questions and it took the Tribunal chairperson, Judge Kaoma to put him to order and directed him (Simwanza) to stop evading questions.

He claimed that the tendering process was flawed because it employed a system of inviting consultancy services without inviting expression of interest.

He however testified that the evaluation was done in conformity with the regulations and guidance of the procurement document.  Meanwhile the Tribunal that was supposed to conclude its sittings on Friday will instead end on Monday because an independent witness from ZPPA has been subpoenaed. Justice Kaoma informed Masebo and Harrington that the Tribunal had already subpoenaed an official as the last witness because as an institution in procurement, it was imperative that certain issues that had arisen should be cleared.