State delays Harrington’s case

The matter in which former Transport and Communications Minister William Harrington has applied for judicial review of the decision of the Roydah Kaoma tribunal set up to investigate former Tourism Minister Sylvia Masebo yesterday failed to be heard.

The case failed because the State which was led by acting Chief State advocate Joe Simachela was not ready to proceed because they had not received instruction to respond to the application.

According to the application for judicial review, Mr Harrington is seeking a declaration that the Roydah Kaoma led tribunal acted unreasonably when it held that the remuneration of the new Zambia Wildlife Authority senior management officers was not the kind of pecuniary advantage envisaged by the law.

Mr Harrington contends that having found that the actions of Ms Masebo assisted the senior ZAWA officers gain pecuniary advantage, the tribunal should not have proceeded to water down the findings.

He has argued that the tribunal acted unreasonably when it stated that the remuneration was not the sort envisaged by the parliamentary and ministerial code of conduct Act, chapter 16 of the laws of Zambia.

Mr Harrington wants a decision to quash the tribunal’s findings and further wants the tribunal to be compelled to make appropriate recommendations as the tribunal found as a fact that Ms Masebo contravened provisions of the law thereby abusing the authority of her office.

The matter would be heard by High Court Judge Mungeni Mulenga.

Mr Harrington is represented by Gilbert Phiri of PNP Advocates, Keith Mweemba of Keith Mweemba Advocates and Makebi Zulu of Makebi Zulu Advocates.

The matter will come up on September 15, October 22 for hearing.