TIZ asks Sata to dismiss convicted minister Masumba

Transparency International Zambia has urged president Michael Sata to immediately dismiss sports deputy minister Steven Masumba who has been convicted of forging academic certificates.

TIZ director Goodwell Lungu said ‘we urge President Michael Sata to immediately dismiss the convicted Hon. Steven Masumba from his deputy Ministerial Position.

Lungu advised PF ministers to always lead by example and to be accountable for their actions and remain above board all the time and learn from Masumba’s conviction.

Masumba was this morning convicted by the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court for obtaining pecuniary advantage by false pretences contrary to the Laws of Zambia.

Lusaka Magistrate Hon. Wilfred Muma found Steven Masumba, 31, of Ibex Hill in Lusaka and Member of Parliament for Mufumbwe Constituency, guilty of obtaining pecuniary advantage by false pretenses contrary to section 309a (2) c of the Penal Code as read with section 41 of the Anti-Corruption Commission Act no 42 of 1996.

Masumba was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission on 23rd April 2012.

Details of the offence were that Masumba, on dates unknown but between 1st December 2005 and 25th August 2008 in Lusaka, dishonestly obtained employment for himself as an Accounting Officer at Lusaka Business and Technical College by falsely pretending that he held qualification of Accounting Technician Diploma from the National Institute for Public Administration (NIPA) when in fact not.

Masumba has since been remanded in custody awaiting sentencing which has been set for tomorrow 19th November 2013.


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