Nevers Mumba convicted of abuse of office, avoids jail

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Leader of an MMD faction Nevers Mumba has been convicted of two counts of abuse of authority of office by a Lusaka Magistrates Court.

Dr Mumba, 58, committed the offenses while serving as High Commissioner to the Republic of Canada. He has however not been handed a custodial sentence and is free to go home.

The former Republican Vice President was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission in 2011 and charged with one count of failure to follow procedure contrary to section 34 of the Anti-Corruption Act No 38 of 2010. He was also charged with two counts of abuse of authority of office contrary to Sections 99(1) of the Penal Code Cap 87 of the laws of Zambia.

In the first count, It was alleged that Dr Mumba on dates unknown but between1st October 2009 and 31st December 2010, being a person employed in the Public Service as Zambia High Commissioner to the Republic of Canada failed to follow procedure in the disbursement of Canadian Dollars CAD$122,000 received by the Zambia High Commission from Barrick Gold, funds meant for a cultural exchange programme which was being conducted by the Zambian High Commission in Canada.

It the second count, it was alleged that on dates unknown but between 1st October 2009 and 31st December 2010, being a person employed in the Public Service as Zambia High Commissioner to the Republic of Canada, Dr Mumba abused his authority of office by awarding a contract for electrical works at the Zambian High Commission residence in Canada to a company called Restcon Construction Services at a cost of Canadian Dollars CAD$9,000 without following laid down procedures.

In the third count, it was alleged that on dates unknown but between1st October 2009 and 31st December 2010, being a person employed in the Public Service as Zambia High Commissioner to the Republic of Canada, Dr Mumba abused his authority of office by awarding a contract for the carpeting at the Zambian High Commission residence in Canada to a company called Argos Carpets at a cost of Canadian Dollars CAD$19,850 without following laid down procedures.

In handing down the sentence, Magistrate Honourable Joshua Banda noted the mitigation rendered by the convict and gave an absolute discharge.

And the Anti-Corruption Commission says while it is happy that a conviction has been recorded, it would have been more elated if the sentence was also strong enough to deter would be offenders so that the offence of corruption becomes a high risk crime.

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4 Responses to Nevers Mumba convicted of abuse of office, avoids jail

  1. ok

    acky mukah
    September 11, 2018 at 8:02 pm
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  2. Canada is not a ‘republic’ but a constitutional monarchy whose current head of state is Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom!

    I thought I should correct that erroneous line in your story, “Dr Mumba, 58, committed the offenses while serving as High Commissioner to the Republic of Canada.”

    By definition, a republic is a government without a monarch as head of state.

    In this case, Canada is not a republic because its head of state is a monarch!

    Sipopa
    September 11, 2018 at 8:15 pm
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  3. Witch hunt

    Life Experience
    September 12, 2018 at 12:52 am
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  4. The man who commented on the Canadian Government is totally right.The position of the crown in Canada dates back to the 16th century. Various British and French kings and queens have held the monarch position in Canada since 1534. The country’s official head of state is British monarch Queen Elizabeth II just as the writer pointed out. The queen is the public face of the country, and she acts on the advice of the constitutionally-elected government, which is why Canada’s government also qualifies as a constitutional monarchy. The queen also appoints the governor general of Canada, a federal vice-legal representative who is allowed to exercise most of her royal prerogative. The governor general position represents the country in global meetings, signs letters, declarations of war and more on behalf of the king or queen. The position lasts five years. The king or queen in power is called the head of state although the Prime Minister runs the affairs of the Government on behalf of the Queen.

    Michael Muliokela
    September 12, 2018 at 3:48 pm
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