Minister pleads not guilty

DEPUTY Minister of Local Government and Housing Steven Masumba

DEPUTY Minister of Local Government and Housing Steven Masumba has denied ever having lied about his qualifications in order to obtain a job under what in law is known as false pretences.
Masumba, 31, of house number 9 National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) housing units Ibex Hill in Lusaka pleaded not guilty when the matter came up for plea before principal resident magistrate Wilfred Muma in Lusaka yesterday.
Masumba, who is Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) Mufumbwe legislator, is charged with using fake documents to obtain a job.
The facts before the courts are that Masumba obtained employment for himself as an accounting clerk at Lusaka Business and Technical Colleges by falsely pretending that he held a qualification of accounting technician when in fact he did not.
The offence is alleged to have been committed between December 1, 2005 and August 25, 2008 in Lusaka.
“A plea of not guilty has been recorded. The matter is adjourned to May 24, 2012 for commencement of trial and police bond is extended to that day,” Mr Muma said.
Masumba is being represented by Munalula Lisimba of M. Lisimba and Company.
He was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday.
According to ACC public relations manager Timothy Moono, who confirmed the arrest of the deputy minister, Masumba is claiming to hold an Accounting Technician Diploma from the National Institute for Public Administration.
Masumba has maintained that he legally graduated from NIPA and is in possession of all legal documents required to qualify for graduation and he is ready to prove this in court through his lawyer Mr. Lisimba./DAILY MAIL

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