The Anti-Corruption Commission has appealed against the Lusaka Magistrate court’s acquittal of former Minister of Tourism, Silvia Masebo.
This is in a matter in which Ms. Masebo was charged with Abusive of Authority of Office contrary to section 21(1) of the Anti-Corruption ACT NO. 3 of 2012, when she allegedly directed the then Zambia Wildlife Authority -ZAWA- to cancel the tender for the hunting blocks.
The Commission has since filed in an Appeal to the High court.
The grounds of appeal being that:
1. The trial court erred in law when it made final assessment as to witnesses’ credibility especially as to their truthfulness at no case to answer stage.
2. The trial court erred in law when it acquitted the Respondent at no case to answer, in count one (1) when there was proof of one ingredient of the offence charged.
3. The trial court erred in law when it considered a benefit as one of the ingredients of the offence of Abuse of authority of office.
4. The trial court erred in law when it held that the actions by the Respondent of directing ZAWA to cancel the tender process did not amount to Abuse of Authority of Office.
5. The lower court misdirected itself at law when it gave an unbalanced evaluation of the evidence where only the flaws and not strengths of the case of the state where considered.
6. The trial court erred in law when it accepted the hearsay evidence of DW2.
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