Attorney General Mumba Malila has testified before the Masebo Tribunal that Tourism Minister Sylvia Masebo was wrong to have called the tender for the 19 hunting blocks. Mr Malila explained that Ministers have no visible role in the procurement process. He also testified that Ms Masebo has no powers in the firing and disciplining of officers at ZAWA. Ms-Masebo-in-Cabinet-meeting-1He was referred to the Cabinet Handbook regulation 8 under the heading Ministers and the Attorney General Chambers. He agreed with the regulation 8 that the Minister must consult the Attorney General’s office on all matters that have legal implications. When cross examined by Ms Masebo’s lawyer, Mr. Simeza S.C on who bears the responsibility for the coordination of ZAWA in the absence of a board, Mr Malila responded that the ZAWA Act was silent on this issue. He stated that President is the one who bears the responsibility for the coordination of any government agency in practical terms which is without a board. The complainants have closed their case and tomorrow 4th March, 2014 the respondents are expected to open their case starting with Ms Masebo testifying. Meanwhile, tribunal Chairperson Justice Roydah Kaoma refused to allow defence counsel Robert Simeza to call back former Tourism Minister Given Lubinda to testify before the tribunal again.

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