Lusaka Business and Technical College (LBTC) Director Lawrence Zulu told Lusaka Magistrate Court yesterday that he also verified with National Institute for Public Administration (NIPA) that North Western Province Deputy Minister’s Diploma in Accounting Technician is a genuine Certificate.
Mr Zulu who appeared before Lusaka Magistrate Wilfred Muma told court that in 2005 when Mr Stephen Masumba first applied for a job at his college as a lecturer in Business Studies, he made effort to call National Institute for Public Administration (NIPA) to confirm the credentials that Mr Masumba had attached to his application letter.
He told court that the Registrar at NIPA confirmed with him that Mr Masumba was a qualified personnel who graduated from the Institute in 2003.
He further informed court that upon such confirmation, Management at Lusaka Business and Technical College decided to offer Mr Masumba a part time contract as a Lecturer in Business Studies.
Mr Zulu said his college went on to renew Mr Masumba’contracts in 2006 which lead to a permanent contract awarded to him in 2007 because he had proved his performance to the college.
He recounted that in 2011, officers from the Anti-Corruption Commission visited his College to find out if Mr Masumba was an employee of the college and demanded that they check his file with the college.
Meanwhile Anti-Corruption Commission Senior Investigations Officer Muyoba Sikazwe wondered why NIPA Management had not withheld or cancelled Mr Masumba’s certificate adding that the Institutes data base indicates that Mr Masumba did not qualify to be awarded a certificate.
Ms Sikazwe told court that during her preliminary investigations which she carried out from Lusaka Business and Technical College and National Institute for Public Administration it was revealed that the institute has a different record which did not allow Mr Masumba to graduate.
She said she visited LBCT and the Registrar at NIPA who both confirmed that Mr Masumbas’ qualifications where genuine but the story changed when she visited the Examinations Officer at NIPA who printed out Mr Masumba’s transcript and the names of students who sat for exams in the course he was pursuing at that time.
She told court that the Examination Officer told her that Mr Masumba had an arrear in Basic Accounting in the first level of his course but later sat for the same subject in 2002.
She further explained that Mr Masumba again in 2002 failed to clear the arrear adding that in level three, during the Accounting and Auditing exams Mr Masumba was absent in the exams a situation which discredited him from successfully graduating.
Ms Sikazwe told court that it was at this point that she called Mr Masumba to warn and caution him but remained silent at the time.
She told court that she was later informed that the Institute has written to Mr Masumba requesting him to bring his Transcript of results but Mr Masumba did not respond to the letter.
Prosecution in the matter has however come to a close today, with Magistrate Muma giving two weeks to both parties to fill in their submissions on the matter.
Ruling on the matter has since been set to February 14, 2013.