Monday, 29 September 2014

Lusaka High Court Upholds Mufumbwe MP Masumba's Jail Term

Steven Masumba
By Paul Shalala

The Lusaka High Court has upheld the Subordinate Court's one year jail sentence of former Sports Deputy Minister Steven Masumba, for obtaining percuniary advantage in securing employment.

Mr Masumba  allegedly secured employment at the Lusaka Business Development College using a forged Accounting Diploma.

Delivering judgement, today in a packed Court Room, Lusaka High Court Judge Chalwe Muchenga noted that the prosecution had proved the case against Mr Masumba.

Judge Muchenga dismissed all the four grounds of appeal that Mr Masumba relied upon.

The Judge interprted the one year Jail sentence imposed on Mr Masumba by the Subordinate Court,as having no sense of shock.

Judge Muchenga  stated that Mr Masumba was infact lack to have been handed such a jail term.

He however granted Mr Masumba leave to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Last year the Lusaka Magistrate Court slapped Mr Masumba with the one year jail term for obtaining percuniary advantage in obtaining employment,through a forged Accounting Diploma.

Mr Masumba claimed that the Diploma in question was awarded to him by the National Institute for Public Administration.

Dissatisfied with the court verdict Mr Masumba filed an appeal in the Lusaka High Court.

He was granted K10,000 bail with two working sureties. (Text by Hannock Kasama)

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