Deputy Sports minister Steven Masumba has testified before the Lusaka magistrate’s court that he was honestly awarded with the diploma he is alleged to have forged because he successfully completed his accounting course.
Masumba told Principal Magistrate Wilfred Muma that it was painful to be accused of things he did not know.
He said the diploma in question was genuinely given to him by the National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) because he passed all the three levels.
Masumba, 31, of NAPSA Housing Units, Ibex Hill, is charged with one count of obtaining pecuniary advantage by false pretences contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
But in opening his defence yesterday, Masumba refuted the allegations saying there were not only untrue but also unfounded.
He said this was so because according to his full knowledge, the diploma in contention was awarded to him in an honest manner because he successfully completed the course contrary to NIPA‘s claims that he failed the examinations.
Masumba who produced before court a copy of his statement of results which he said he allegedly struggled to ‘fish’ out from Mwinilunga Trades Training Institute said he qualified in the entire course the reason why he was awarded with the certificate.
He said the statement of result produced by NIPA was not correct because it had a irregularities.
Masumba said contrary to the allegations, he amassed 82 percent in basic accounting level one while in level two he obtained 72 percent and not 38 and 57 percent as was alleged respectively.
He also refuted claims by NIPA that he was absent in some subjects in the third level and maintained that he sat for all the levels.
Masumba said the statement he produced before court was signed by NIPA examiner Clive Kawana whom he would call as one of his two witnesses.
He continues to defend himself on May 9, 2013.
Meanwhile, a witness yesterday told the court that out of the 20 bicycles alleged to have been stolen by deputy Foreign Affairs minister Gabriel Namulambe, only one was retrieved.
This is in a matter in which Namulambe is charged with theft by public servant.
Zambia Police Senior Crime Intelligence Officer Alfred Foloko told Principal Magistrate Wilfred Muma that according to investigations, the bicycles were not delivered to Lufyanyama as planned but were diverted to Namulambe’s constituency in Mpongwe.
Mr Foloko, 36, said around January 2012 a team was constituted to investigate the alleged theft of bicycles at the ministry of Mines.
He said it was later discovered that 20 bicycles had been stolen from the Kitwe bureau.
He said according to investigations, two of the bicycles were given by Namulambe to two employees while the other 18 were delivered to Mpongwe.
He said only one of the two bicycles was retrieved while the other 19 were not.
Trial continues on May 9, 2013.