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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.

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26 COMMENTS

  1. Dull Chap, Ngaupona why not just repeat the exam rather than clinging to what does not belong to u…whats up with Masumba kanshi, where is yo concious….dandaboy…Just admit that u failed and the you repeat the exams rather than losing the case coz u might even loss yo ZICA membership..
    Ba Zica nabo what are u doing about this matter which is denting the accountancy profession??

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  2. We need standards in doc control and a national data base for all results and awarded qualifications.Ministry of Ed what the f are you doing about this problem.

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  3. espere uno momento! so this chap is a deputy minister facing a forgery case while Namulambe the deputy foreign Affairs minister is facing charges for theft? George Mpombo the deputy high Commissioner to Nigeria has an arrest warrant, Mutembo Nchito the DPP has a case against the State? Emmanuel Mwamba the deputy minster in western province worked for Chiluba… Kanshi Ubomba mwibala alya mwibala!!! A govt. of thieves and hooligans…. God Save our Gracious Country!!! When is the next prophecy from TB Joshua kansi…..still waiting ………like Mr. Sanford from Sanford and sons would say while holding his chest….It is a big one hurry!!!

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  4. So this is the breed of politicians (Ministers) we have In Zambia, always in conflict with the law but still continue to serve. Many are the times that we as the young ask ourselve if there will be such a time when we will have up right people to lead as cause honestly almost every member of the house has issues if not all. Come on Zambia, we are 50 years of independence and I fill its time started acting like grown ups

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  5. he has now managed to corrupt all the witlessness he intend to call………..this country is finished……..he says he fished the results from Mwinilunga trades, did he write from mwinilunga trades?

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  6. Masumba the truth of the matter is you re a fraud ,u failed pliz jst resign ,who doesn’t know you kanshi.You cant fool the learnt judges .You know what you did that’s why u ditched MMD because u were threatened .You don’t have genuine certificates ,FORGERY .PF mwalisebana to have deputy ministers with cases of fraud and thieving.Bwafya

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  7. These two and mpombo included have no integrity and morality and pf is well known for accommodating thieves.

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  8. Masumba thinks he is smart. How can an institution be wrong and him be right? NIPA was the issuing authority of the results and if they said he failed then he actually failed. The statement ‘Masumba who produced before the 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’ does not make sense. The issue at hand is a NIPA forged diploma, what does Mwinilunga fimo-fimo got to do with this? Even then why produce a copy and not an original with a visible institutional seal? There are thousands of genuinely qualified Zambians who cannot get employed because the likes of Masumba have flooded the market. Lock ’em up…

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  9. He is challenging the institution, the examiner and markers that he passed. Iyo kwena this is unprecedented ukwaeducation.

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  10. joe #6 you have said it well. By now we should have actually barred those guys from holding any public office.

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  11. Like I say, for me, I am learning driving so that one day, I can drive my own bus. When I am through with driving, I will share the knowledge.

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  12. STEVEN MASUMBA DOESN’T GIVE DIPLOMAS. IT’S NIPA THAT GIVES DIPLOMAS. THEREFORE, IT’S NIPA THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE IN COURT FOR THAT MATTER. IF NIPA CERTIFIED MASUMBA IT IS BECAUSE NIPA WERE SATISFIED THAT MASUMBA SATISFIED THE CONDITIONS OF BEING CERTIFIED. IN SHORT MASUMBA OASSED HIS EXAMINATIONS.

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  13. Peter and Masala market, Mr MASUMBA WOULDT be in court if he wasn’t suspected of forgery. He’ll be cleared by the courts if he is innocent. Osadandaula.

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  14. This is weird. Challenging the institution that said it did not issued the certificate! Unbelievable to say the least.

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  15. There will be debate on enhancing development in the ‘dark continent’ between Zambian Mps and USA senate.Minimum qualification in the debate is at least an MBA because this will aid in fathoming and contributing effectively to the debate!

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  16. This is a very simple and straightforward case in countries where educational systems work. Just get details of student records, get certificate details and and verify. Certainly either Masumba or NIPA will be found wanting, and present details to court. But in Zambia this will take 5 years.

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  17. BUT I THOUGHT THIS IS AVERY SIMPLE ISSUE SINCE IT CONCERNS AN ESTABLISHED INSTITUTION OF NIPA’S CALIBER. WHY WASTE TIME WHEN ALL CAN BE LAYED BARE IN A FLASH OF A SECOND-ALL IS HAPPENING IS TO BUY TIME UNTIL MASUMBA CONTINUES TO RULE DOCILE ZAMBIANS-CLAIMING TO BE PEACEFUL—ARE U?

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