DPP asks High Court to deny Masebo judicial review


THE Director of Public Prosecutions has submitted in the Lusaka High Court that Chongwe member of parliament Sylvia Masebo’s application for judicial review should be denied so that the subordinate court can establish whether she abused her authority or not.

This is in a matter where Masebo asked the High Court to stop the state from prosecuting her on charges of abuse of authority of office relating to the cancellation of a tender for hunting concessions and the dismissal of Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) senior employees.

In her application for judicial review, Masebo wanted the court to declare that her arrest and prosecution by the DPP was done in bad faith.
She asked the court to stay the proceedings in the surbordinate court against her until the judicial review was determined.

But the DPP’s office submitted that Masebo’s abuse of authority case was not fit for judicial investigation at the substative hearing.

According to the state, the tribunal’s mandate was to investigate, prepare a report and render a recommendation.

Meanwhile, Masebo’s lawyer Robert Simeza prayed that leave for judicial review be granted.

“There will be no reason why the court would immediately shut its doors to the applicant’s quest for justice in the light of the facts and evidence before the court at this early stage. We pray and trust that leave be granted which should operate as a stay,” submitted Simeza.