Fire convict Masumba, Sata urged

Steven Masumba-SPORTS Deputy Minister -
Steven Masumba-SPORTS Deputy Minister -
President Michael Sata has been called upon to dismiss convicted Sports deputy Minister Stephen Masumba with immediate effect.

Mr Masumba was today convicted by a Lusaka Magistrate court for obtaining pecuniary advantage by false pretences by using a an erroneously issued National Institute for Public Administration (NIPA) accounting technician diploma to get a job at the Lusaka Business and Technical College as an accounting officer.

Zambian Youths in the Fight Against Corruption (ZYAFAC) Executive Director Rickson Kanema has told QFM News that being accorded the privilege to serve both as a Member of Parliament and Deputy Minister demands the person holding such office to have the highest level of integrity.

Mr Kanema says Mr Masumba’s actions amount crookedness and do not inspire the young people who looked to him as a role model.

He adds that failure by President Sata to dismiss Mr Masumba will portray a picture that the right way to be good in society is by faking documents.

Mr Kanema states that his dismissal will serve as a deterrent measure to other would be culprits both in government and outside government.

And Transparency International Zambia has welcomes the conviction of Sports Deputy Minister Steven Masumba.

TIZ Executive Director Goodwell Lungu says his conviction sends a good signal in the fight against corruption that even serving Ministers can be brought before the law and made to account.

Mr Lungu notes that it is very rare in Zambia to have a serving Minister convicted of a criminal offence.

He says TIZ commends the Lusaka Magistrate Courts for dispensing justice without fear or favor.

Mr Lungu has since urged President Michael Sata to immediately dismiss Masumba from his deputy Ministerial Position.

He has strongly advised the Patriotic Front leadership to always lead by example and
to be accountable for their actions and remain above board all the time and learn from Masumba’s conviction.

Masumba, 31, of Ibex Hill in Lusaka and Member of Parliament for Mufumbwe Constituency, was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission on 23rd April 2012.

Details of the offence were that Masumba, on dates unknown but between 1st December 2005 and 25th August 2008 in Lusaka, dishonestly obtained employment for himself as an Accounting Officer at Lusaka Business and Technical College by falsely pretending that he held qualification of Accounting Technician Diploma from the National Institute for Public Administration (NIPA) when in fact not.