THE Lusaka Magistrate’s Court yesterday adjourned a case in which MMD president Nevers Mumba is charged with corruption to allow him to monitor the presidential election in which he is candidate.
Mumba is charged with abuse of authority and willful failure to comply with applicable procedure relating to management of public funds.
When the matter came up for trial before chief resident magistrate Joshua Banda, Mumba’s lawyer Irene Kunda asked the court to adjourn the case because her client was busy monitoring the election.
She told the court that the country is in an election mood and Mumba was monitoring the Presidential elections.
Mr Banda adjourned the case to March 5 this year.
It is alleged that Mumba, as Zambia’s High Commissioner to Canada, between June 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011, wilfully failed to comply with laid down procedures in receiving and disbursing CAD$122,229.85, a donation to the Zambian government by a private company called Barrick Gold Corporation.
Mumba is further alleged to have abused his authority of office – between October 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010 – by awarding contracts valued at CAD$9,000, CAD$19,850 and CAD$5,248 for electrical works, carpeting and construction of a deck at the Zambian High Commissioner’s residence in Canada.
It is further alleged that the contracts were awarded to three Canadian private companies – Restcon Construction Services, Argos Carpet Limited and Stanmark Construction, respectively, without following laid down procedure.