ZAWA officers call for ACC to investigate Masebo
OPEN LETTER TO THE DIRECTOR-ANTI CORRUPTION COMMISSION, ZAMBIA POLICE,HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION AND ZAWA INVESTIGATIONS UNIT.
Dear ACC, HRC, ZPS and ZAWA Investigations Unit.
RE: (1) ABUSE OF OFFICE BY HON SYLVIA MASEBO
(2) ILLEGAL HUNTING BY HON SYLVIA MASEBO
We wish to bring to your attention through this letter some illegal activities by the Minister of Tourism honourable Sylvia Masebo in her office.
We as ZAWA officers have information that the Minister had a list of preferred bidders for the concessions such as Mr Arsherhood owner of BP station in Lusaka. She tried to influence ZAWA officers to award concessions to operators on her list but the officers professionally decided to follow the laid down procedures. It was only when most of her prefered bidders like Asherhood did not make it through the evaluation process that the minister cancelled the results of tender committee.
The Minister of Tourism does not have any powers under the current ZAWA Act to cancel the evaluations done by a legally constituted tender committee therefore she has abused her office in doing so. The PF manisfesto as good as it maybe is not part of the Tender evaluation criteria as she claims.
We government officers follow government policies and procedures and not political party manifestos in implementing our work. The Minister should simply first translate the manifesto into government policies to make them legal for us to follow.
If you can prosecute Dora Siliya over the radar issue then you should do the same for Masebo. Be fair.
Secondly, on more than two occasions Hon Masebo has verbally instructed and forced ZAWA DG to hunt animals in the GMAs for various ceremonies without a proper permit. She did this for traditional ceremonies held last year and for commemoration of the World Tourism Days in Lusaka and Livingstone. Our colleagues in Livingstone informed us that she did this in the presence of DC Sensele, Deputy PS Chingi and Town Clerke Chikoti .Mr Sensele even provided fuel to ZAWA for the illegal hunt.
We as ZAWA officers we were not very happy with this as it was like poaching but we were forced by Masebo and we are ready to testify.You may want as well to look at the issuance of special licenses by the minister Masebo for hunting she give to undeserving individuals without following procedures.
We are afraid that this evidence may be lost if you do not act quickly as some of it is in her office.We therefore urge you the ACC and the ZAWA investigations unit to investigate this minister on these charges. You will find very cooperative ZAWA and ministry of Tourism officers who can testify as long as you assure us of your protection.What we want is just fairness in the application of procedures.