The Zambian Voice has petitioned the Speaker of the National Assembly over the continued stay in Parliament of Steven Masumba as Mufumbwe Member of Parliament following his conviction.
In a letter to the Speaker dated 2nd February,2015 made available to QFM News, The Zambian Voice Executive Director Chilufya Tayali says his organisation seeks the Speaker’s guidance on the status of Mr Masumba in consideration of Article 65 Section 19(c) and (f) of the republican constitution.
Mr Tayali questions whether Mr. Masumba qualifies to remain in Parliament following his conviction by a Magistrate court in November 2013 for obtaining pecuniary advantage by false pretences.
The facts were that Mr. Masumba had used 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.
Mr. Masumba appealed to the High Court but his 12 months sentence was upheld and was sent to prison until he was pardoned by then Acting President Dr. Guy Scott according to Article 59 of the Constitution of Zambia.