The Lusaka Magistrate Court has sentenced Sports Deputy Minister Stephen Masumba to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour.
Director of Local Courts Wilfred Muma sitting as Magistrate said to deter would-be offenders Masumba should serve twelve months with hard labour for obtaining pecuniary advantage by using a fake certificate to obtain a job.
And in mitigation, Defence lawyer Mutakela Lisimba asked the court to exercise leniency on his client as he is a family man and a Deputy Minister.Mr. Lisimba said a custodial sentence would cause untold misery to Mr. Masumba’s family and constituency.
Meanwhile, Masumba’s lawyer told Magistrate Muma that he had appealed to the High Court but Muma refused to grant the appeal in court saying the law does not allow appeal in court while the court is passing sentence. By Press time the matter had been adjourned to chambers were it will be decided whether to accept the appeal or not.
Masumba was convicted by the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court after being found guilty of obtaining employment at the Lusaka Business and Technical College as an accounting officer using a forded accounting diploma but said to have been awarded to him by NIPA.
He was charged with one count of obtaining pecuniary advantage by false pretences contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
Masumba obtained employment for himself from Lusaka Business and Technical College as an accounting officer using the erroneously awarded diploma.
His argument has been that NIPA gave him the diploma by mistake.
The Lusaka Magistrate Court has given Mr. Masumba a 10,000 Kwacha cash bail with two working surities pending appeal in the High Court.