The state yesterday told the Lusaka high Court that former sports deputy minister Steven Masumba deserves to be in jail for using a fake Accountancy diploma to secure a job.
In November, 2013 the Lusaka Magistrate found Masumba guilty of having obtained a job and obtaining pecuniary advantage using an erroneously issued certificate purporting that he had duly passed and graduated from NIPA when he had not and had absconded Taxation and Auditing. He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour.
However, Masumba appealed his sentence saying that the lower court erred in convicting and sentencing him but the state has argued that the lower court was on firm ground in convicting and sentencing him and that he deserved to serve to set precedence against would be offenders.
The state in its application to have Masumba’s appeal dismissed, said in view of the totality of the evidence on record, Masumba ought to have known that he did not pass the basic accounting course and indeed that he absconded the audit and taxation examination but took advantage of the anomaly. He did not deserve to graduate at that particular graduation ceremony and the diploma was not due to him.