15 February 2013

Zambia: Court Finds Masumba With Case to Answer

A LUSAKA magistrate's court has found North-Western Province Minister Steven Masumba with a case to answer.

This is in a case in which he is charged with forgery of accountancy qualifications.

Lusaka Principal Magistrate Wilfred Muma found Masumba with a case to answer and has since put him on his defence. Mr Muma said yesterday in his ruling that the prosecution has established a prima facie case against Masumba and as such, he was putting him on his defence to respond to the charge.

But Masumba's defence lawyer Mutakela Lisimba asked for an adjournment to enable his client prepare witnesses.

Mr Lisimba said his client would be calling not more than three witnesses.

Earlier, the magistrate told the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) which is prosecuting Masumba that there was gross disorder at the Commission.

"Why do you come late for your cases?" asked Mr Muma in a firm voice. In response, State prosecutor Macqueen Zaza told Magistrate Muma that the ACC prosecutor who was prosecuting the matter was indisposed and that he was there to represent him.

Masumba, 31, is charged with obtaining pecuniary advantage through false pretences contrary to section 309a (2) c of the Penal Code as read with section 41 of the ACC Act number 42 of 1996.

Masumba between December 1, 2005 and August 2008 obtained employment for himself as an accounting officer at Lusaka Business and Technical College using forged documents.

The court set March 11, 2013 as the date when Masumba is expected to open his defence.

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