14 February 2013

Zambia: PF Minister Accused of Forgery

North Western Province Minister and Mufumbwe Member of Parliament Steven Masumba has been found with a case to answer in a matter where he is accused of obtaining pecuniary advantage through false pretenses by a Lusaka Magistrates' court.

Magistrate, Wilfred Muma, who has since put Mr Masumba on his defence said he considered the evidence brought before the court by the prosecution team and was satisfied that the state had established a prima facie case against Mr Masumba.

However, Mr Masumba's lawyer, Mutakela Lisimba, asked the court to grant the accused person at least a one month adjournment so that the defence could have enough time to prepare.

As the state prosecution team from the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) could not ague any more, Magistrate Muma later set March 11, 2013, for the commencement of defence in the matter.

This is in a matter where Mr Masumba, 31, of NAPSA Housing Units, Ibex Hill, is charged with one count of obtaining pecuniary advantage by false pretences contrary to Section 309 A (2) c of the Penal Code as read together with Section 41 of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) Act number 42 of 1996.

It is alleged that Mr Masumba on dates unknown, but between December 2005 and August 2008 in Lusaka did dishonestly obtain employment for himself as an Accounting Clerk at the Lusaka Business Technical College (LBTC) by falsely pretending that he held qualifications of Accounting Technician when in fact not.

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