Chief Justice stops tribunal

The acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda has refused to institute a tribunal to investigate allegations of corruption and abuse of office leveled against minister of tourism and Art Sylvia Masebo.

The judge has not given any reasons for the decision apart from stating that the petition for a tribunal by former minister of transport and communication William Harrington did not meet the benchmark.

The refusal is contained in a letter by acting deputy chief justice Florence Mumba who stated. “I am (Florence Mumba) directed to inform you that as the basis upon which to appoint a tribunal is not sufficient and does not meet the requirements of the relevant law, it is not possible for the acting chief justice to appoint a tribunal,” the letter dated 23 April 2013 read in part.