Nedson Nzowa implicates Nevers Mumba as per Watchdog revelation

FORMER Deputy High Commissioner to Canada Nedson Nzowa has testified that the mission opened a private bank account without Government approval to which Barrick Gold Corporation donated over CAD$ 120, 000.
And MMD president Nevers Mumba, who is former High Commissioner to Canada, wants the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court to summon Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba to explain why he should not be cited for contempt for commenting on a case which is in court.
Mr Nzowa said he discovered that the private bank account was opened when Mumba was High Commissioner to Canada and Barrick Gold donated CAD$122, 229.85.
Mr Nzowa was testifying in a case in which Mumba is charged with alleged abuse of authority of office and mismanagement of public funds involving over Canadian dollars (CAD$) 156, 000.
He said he advised Mumba against opening a private bank account because it would raise queries from auditors and Government but he was surprised to discover that the bank account was opened.
The matter is before chief resident magistrate Joshua Banda.
“Mumba asked me to work with Carolina Rodriguez, the liaison officer at the mission, to find some venues for the cultural exchange programme but I informed him that we were not making headway as every institution was asking for a deposit.
“He asked me if there was a way we could open a private bank account where we can receive donations since the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had not sent any money by that time,” he said.
Mr Nzowa said the private bank account was opened and two Zambians resident in Canada, namely Joseph Daka and Mable Chipasha, were signatories to the account.
He said he advised Emmah Hamweetwa, an accountant at the mission, that it was not possible to open an account which cannot be audited because Mumba had tasked her to find out if a private bank account could be opened.
He said it was irregular to open a private account without the approval of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mr Nzowa said when Mumba came back to Zambia and he was acting high commissioner, Ms Rodriguez approached him saying the signatories, Dr Daka and Ms Chipasha, were requesting for a file containing information on the cultural exchange programme.
He said he advised Ms Rodriguez to invite the duo to approach him but the two did not heed the call.
Mr Nzowa said Dr Daka and Ms Chipasha intended to sneak the documents out of the mission without clearance, which compelled him to go through the files.
And one of Mumba’s lawyers Makebi Zulu has applied that the court should summon Mr Kabimba to explain why he should not be cited for contempt for saying the State will not enter a nolle prosequi in Mumba’s case.
Mr Zulu said it is prejudicial for Mr Kabimba to comment on a matter which is before court. Mr Zulu’s application is based on The Post newspaper dated March 7, 2013 under the headline “Amsterdam a gold digger-Kabimba.”
It is alleged that Mumba failed to comply with procedures in receiving and disbursing CAD$122,229.85, illegally awarded a contract for the electrical works (CAD$ 9, 000) and carpeting (CAD$ 19, 850) at the Zambian High Commissioner’s residence to Restcon Construction Services and Argos Carpet Limited respectively.
Mumba is also alleged to have awarded a contract for the construction of a deck at the Zambian High Commissioner’s residence valued at CAD$ 5, 248 to Stanmark Construction.

Source: Zambia Daily Mail

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62 Responses to "Nedson Nzowa implicates Nevers Mumba as per Watchdog revelation"

  1. Lubuto boy   March 29, 2013 at 01:55

    There goes chi Nedison, typical! Muselela kwakaba. So nga nibo balibapromisa ka position kuli chi Sata. Ba puba aba…! Where were you all this time? if you think in your own thick brain this was a corrupt move, why were you quiet all along? You are the master of corruption yourself. Who are you to accuse people like Mumba? I think imwe namunpwa fye inchito nomba mwe, chiteni retire, kwiseko abakweteko amono.

  2. Kapelwa Musonda Jnr   March 28, 2013 at 20:10

    As a Zambian living abroad, I appreciate the efforts of the Sata government to stamp out corruption, by attempting to bring to justice suspected cases of corrupt transactions during the previous government. But the case involving Mr Mumba is surely unadvised, and it is quite clear to any independent observer that this is a poorly veiled attempt to intimidate someone considered to be the biggest ‘threat’ to Sata’s Presidential dominion. How can this government justify spending well over $1 million dollars to crack down on an allegedly illegal transaction of $120,000 dollars. This is utter madness and demonstrates to the world two things: a) Sata is not fit to be president – his actions are driven by ‘blind revenge’ rather than the best interests of the nation; b) Zambians are still naive people who can easily be taken for a ride; otherwise, why are Zambians staying silent when this man is slowly suppressing the major polictical opposition parties, and taking the country back to effectively a one-party state?

  3. tembo elias   March 28, 2013 at 09:26

    who is nzowa and what kind of nameis that. he looks cowardish

  4. vincie   March 27, 2013 at 10:10

    Canada can you help us on this non issue and time wasting case

  5. Watchman   March 27, 2013 at 08:29

    Mwene Mushi U are also very useless. Hakainde has spoken against tribalism, Hichilema has spoken against those who think there tribes are more superior to others. It is actually you and MUMEMBE trying to paint him black. You recall that one of the ministers in the PF Government advised Tongas to marry bembas to win support from them. How many bemba women have been married by Tongas and how many Tonga women have been married by Bembas? Even the same stupid minister was educated in southern province (Namwianga Secondary). Please Fred and you chap so called Mwene Mushi spare the Tongas.

  6. DOCTOR   March 27, 2013 at 05:18

    He opened a private bank account. Was that illegal? It may have been procedurally wrong but not illegal. Can it be criminalised? No, but it can be administratively dealt with. How? Written warning and later dismissal. Was Mumba dismissed? Yes! Was he a signatory to this account? No! Was any public money deposited in that account? We are yet to see. Whatever the case, this is a very weak case.

  7. BM   March 26, 2013 at 20:15


  8. Maiko sater   March 26, 2013 at 19:05

    Nice one, your honor…….

  9. Straight Talk Zambia   March 26, 2013 at 13:55

    For sure we want the truth to come out and let this mudslinging against opposition party leaders come to an end. It would be interesting to know the account name and whether or not Mr. Mumba applied any of the money to personal use. From Nzowa’s testimony, you can already see a consultative process before the account was opened. ZWD already told us long before this that Nzowa would testify against Nevers in return for a job. His credibility is already doubtful. All in all, may justice prevail.

  10. Chimbwii   March 26, 2013 at 13:39


  11. Cilibbebbede   March 26, 2013 at 13:28

    Mwine Mushi, you are just a shameless devil who is also so obsessed with being Bemba that whoever is not Bemba, you don’t consider to be worth supporting whether it be in politics or mere debate like this one.

    Who told you that Bembas are born leaders? Leading who? Have they ever been organised? Shame on you!

  12. ONE MALIGWA! ONE MUNTHU!   March 26, 2013 at 13:00


  13. Maunten Hills   March 26, 2013 at 12:55

    Nzowa, you must also be probed for abuse of office. How did you acquire the former ZCBC building in Lubuto, Ndola, where you once sered as Kabushi MP?

  14. Zimbwi   March 26, 2013 at 12:41

    To open a privatebank account so that one can receive donations is normal and good NPO good practices. Didn’t Sata open a private bank account for receiving donations from wealthy investors who funded his campaign? Zambia’s witch hunt is nothing but a bunch of marlakey. Sata should be chained and rot in chains.

  15. Ngombala Muhapi wa Mafatsi   March 26, 2013 at 12:21

    This is like Chiluba so called banking his own private money into a public ZAMTROP account, it’s all illegal. Mumba should never have opened a private account which the AG cannot account and stash govt fund in there. All wee now need to hear from Dr Daka and Ms Chipasha is how much they withdrew from the account and where the money so withdrawn went?

    • mumbwamumbwa   March 26, 2013 at 13:35

      It is not GRZ money?!!!!! so where is the vuto?!!!

  16. Ngombala Muhapi wa Mafatsi   March 26, 2013 at 12:19

    Now, if as he suspected Dr Daka and Ms Chipasha intended to sneak the documents out of the mission without clearance, which compelled him to go through the files, what information in terms of illegal withdrawals did he discover in that file? Can Dr Daka and Ms Chipasha be compelled to furnish details of where the money withdrawn went? Was it given to Nevers Mumba or what? Though openning a private account to divert govt monies is just as dumb as Chiluba’s so called banking his personal money in a govt ZAMTROP account. Something is wrong with these Iturian Forrest Janjaweeds, they see no difference between state coffers and personal ones once they are in power.

  17. It's a worry(M'membe & Co should pay back our K18b)   March 26, 2013 at 11:34

    Although the whole thing looks suspicious, and it is being made to look so, opening a bank account in a private name is not illegal if it can be accounted for, not abused for personal benefit and all transactions verified. My only comment which I have no doubt the Courts will address is whether or not Mumba had the authority to instigate those mentioned repairs/improvements to the property owned or rented by the Zambian Govt. if he did, then there is no case here because the only thing being suggested as an abuse of office, is that he opened a separate account. If he claims it was for accounting purpose to separate Govt resources and those generated by the mission then the case is over. But then again, I can see why this Nzowa is claiming that it was against the advice of the accountant. Se shall see….

  18. Komboni Dweller   March 26, 2013 at 11:34

    How many times did these signatories withdraw money and hand it over to mumba for personal use? There is no case here

  19. selako   March 26, 2013 at 11:29

    going no where, stop implicating righteous pipo

  20. Blackwater   March 26, 2013 at 11:08

    That’s the reason why I trust the ZWD. 99.9999% of their stories are accurate and they would never cheat that the president is in the country when in actual fact the man is in India like the Past Newspaper does. Iam so sure even the stories surrounding Presido are very true. Bravo ZWD. You are men with balls made of steal

    • Ba rational   March 27, 2013 at 10:09


  21. Mwine mushi   March 26, 2013 at 11:05

    “Hakainde is a politician who is so obsessed with tribe. Every now and then he is on the defensive about not having chosen to be born a Tonga. Who has a problem with him being a Tonga? Is Hakainde telling the Zambian people he lost the last three presidential elections because of being Tonga? Who has told Hakainde that a Tonga cannot be president?” The Post

    • Divmeister!   March 27, 2013 at 08:27

      Its like you are being paid to decampaign H.H. The above article has nothing to do with H.H. If u want to talk about him why not write direct to the editor? You r just showing how dull and stupid you are. You r playing the role of a ‘useful idiot’.

  22. Mwine mushi   March 26, 2013 at 11:04

    “Creativity has been very low on the part of Hakainde. He repeats the same thing everywhere and as such makes very few new headlines. He is one of the most boring top politicians for a journalist to cover because wherever he goes, he repeats the same thing, the same words – even the gestures are the same.”

    The Post

    • Igweee   March 26, 2013 at 11:15

      If it were true then the Post would not have been having a field day. I’m sorry he is stinging and the post knows that without mentioning HH, the gullible PF zealots would not buy the paper. The Post promised not to cover him so why are they having a good time with HH News?

      • Maambamba Musaama   March 26, 2013 at 13:25

        I think a lot of pipo now have seen through the hypocrisy and treacherous strategy of the past newspapers- its now 14hrs and I saw 3 vendors along the Great East Road still trying to sell the POST. Indeed it seems they only make sales when they have HH headlines, what irony after declaring not to cover him.

  23. Sofie   March 26, 2013 at 10:53

    I said it group of old sick men and homos

  24. katongo nsambe   March 26, 2013 at 10:29



  25. RED SQUARE   March 26, 2013 at 10:15


  26. Dr Christine Kasebana   March 26, 2013 at 10:06

    Kwena my hubby is really been used by all sorts of useful idiots.

  27. lenar   March 26, 2013 at 10:02

    Mulibe vochita Bantu balibe unga and U a busy timing about money which is not even there…

  28. John Chinena   March 26, 2013 at 10:01

    Private account as long as it was not in his name, banama. Donors always prefer seperate accounts to avoid what is called “COMINGLING” basically if the account earns interest the interest must be properly attributed.

    • Moyosizwe   March 26, 2013 at 13:32

      Correct sir.

  29. Cathy   March 26, 2013 at 10:00

    I wonder which other ‘private’ accounts have been openned by Mumba this time for MMD!

  30. Kachepa   March 26, 2013 at 09:59


  31. Mubanga   March 26, 2013 at 09:44

    This is a washout case!
    Mumba used the money to rehabilitate the high commissioner’s office and not for himself. Court rise!!!

    • Maiko sater   March 26, 2013 at 18:57

      Nice one, your honor…….

  32. THE SAINT   March 26, 2013 at 09:42

    Nevers asked me to open a private account. Nevers was not signatory to the account. So what is the problem?
    Oh, he commissioned works at the High Commission office and residence.
    But it is clear that Nevers never benefited personally from all this, so how is he a thief? This is real fishing and witch hunting of the most terrible order! What a waste of time and tax payers money!

    • Eagle   March 26, 2013 at 11:00

      I agree with you totally. This case is going nowhere and it is purely meant to divert peopole’s attention from the many shortcomings of the current government.

  33. COONDE   March 26, 2013 at 09:41


    • Mumba   March 26, 2013 at 10:23

      He is tonga.

  34. Mzee Hekima   March 26, 2013 at 09:36

    Whose money was it by the way can someone educate me.

    • WoG   March 26, 2013 at 13:13

      Sata’s money!!! pwaaaapwaaaapwaaaa…..

    • mumbwamumbwa   March 26, 2013 at 13:27

      You have a point there, yes,whose money was it? It was not GRZ money but donated by Canadians, in this case,therefore, NM is supposed to be tried in Canada if at all what he committed is an offence under the laws of that country!!!

  35. faston mwanza   March 26, 2013 at 09:32

    if the account was opened and funds used in a good way then nothing to talk about..and thse pipo being used by the state not genuine..namugala, machine and the former deputy.

  36. Sola   March 26, 2013 at 09:11

    Yaba. I said, he said, she said and that is how a story is being cooked up by nerdy-son

    • WoG   March 26, 2013 at 13:16

      Ba Nerdi-son nabo nenzo bachindika kansi ni chi beckete bezzy

  37. Bantustan By God's Design - EQTB   March 26, 2013 at 09:05

    Can we for once look at the calibre of people that Sata is using to testify against his political opponents.

    Nedson Nzowa, Catherine Namugala, Austine Sichinga and others are people well known to be of questionable character.

    I witness Nzowa in a nasty verbal encounter with one young man at Embassy Service station and it was so embarrassing that the former Deputy High Commissioner to Canada was told to keep his diplomatic status to himself than want to bully other private citizens.

    Nzowa was reduced to embarrassment in public that he nearly became physical until the young man dared him to. This guy did not want to be down trodden by those that he said and I still remember him saying “Don’t you are more of citizens than others because of the public offices you occupied, that is rubbish”.

    Namugala is looking for a job from PF and she is morally a prostitute and politically the waste harlot.

    Austin Sichinga is just doing what he does well because even when he was chief of staff at state house he is the one who was used as an informer to Sata and PF. He is a traitor and no one can take away that trait from him unfortunately.

    Job seekers must never be trusted to testify in such cases because they are bound to lie even under oath to just get the jobs they are promised.

    How on earth could Nzowa not know what his boss was doing when they worked in the same mission? Unbelievably malicious and it is a pity that men and women that are supposed to be honourable are stripping themselves of the respect due to them for expedience’s sake.

    • cynic   March 26, 2013 at 11:24

      Let Saki test his testimony and he will be reduced to ashes!

  38. Dwinzy   March 26, 2013 at 09:04

    Ba Pastor, ukutemwa ukulyamo! And the tu ma companies were very freshly registered when Nevers Mumba just reported for his duties in Canada!

  39. Zambian   March 26, 2013 at 09:04

    What about Sata’s $27,000 which he still can’t account for from RSA.

    Very selective and biased Artical.

    • Dwinzy   March 26, 2013 at 09:26

      How dumb! That was Sata’s personal money. The only problem was that he did not declare it. The RSA government gave it back to him a long time ago!

      • Boondocks   March 26, 2013 at 13:06

        Kikiki. Wamulasa.

        • WoG   March 26, 2013 at 13:19

          kikikikiki vipuba imwe! hahaha dalo dalo imwe vibanthu imwe

  40. Kay Love   March 26, 2013 at 08:54

    He wants to wash his filthy hands clean. They planned together with Mumba. Daka and Chipasha are also wanting, Rodrigues inclusive.

    • Voice-Of-Reason   March 26, 2013 at 09:07

      If they planned together let Mumba also say so and prove it so that they go in together. A wrong is a wrong regardless of who committed it.

  41. giamo   March 26, 2013 at 08:51


  42. lions head   March 26, 2013 at 08:49

    very good

  43. wanabe   March 26, 2013 at 08:44

    Neddy, go back to Tanzania!

  44. Mpangula Mputyu   March 26, 2013 at 08:42

    Drama ba Mumba.

  45. Mpangula Mputyu   March 26, 2013 at 08:41

    Well Mumba should explain the allergations in court. he has been given a chance to do so now.

    We want this canada issue to be sorted out once and for all. The truth should come out.