Acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda has sworn in a three member tribunal appointed to probe Minister of Tourism and Arts Silvia Masebo’s alleged professional misconduct.
Acting Supreme Court Judge Rhoyda Kaoma will chair the tribunal which comprises Livingstone High Court Judge in-charge Ernest Mukulamutiyo and Lusaka High Court Judge Chalwe Mchenga as members and Mathew Zulu as Secretary.
This is in a matter in which former Minister of Transport and Communications William Harrington applied for judicial review of the State’s decision against setting up a tribunal to probe Ms. Masebo’s alleged professional misconduct.
And Justice Lombe Chibesakunda has appealed to the judges to discharge their work without fear or favour because the case to be investigated is a serious matter.
“Let me remind you that the assignment you are about to undertake is a serious one. You are to investigate Mrs Masebo’s conduct and you are expected to do this within 45 days,” Justice Chibesakunda said.
Meanwhile, Former Minister of Transport and Communications William Harrington expressed happiness that the tribunal has been set up.
Mr Harrington who is a petitioner in the matter commended the media for their relentless efforts to push for the tribunal.
“You guys should be commended for your work on this case. If it weren’t for your coverage, we wouldn’t have reached this stage,” he said.
Mr Harrington revealed that he has lined up 20 witness who will help him show that Mrs Masebo breached the Ministerial Code of Conduct.