A former Zambian Vice President, Nevers Mumba, who was found guilty of abuse of Authority of Office, has been spared jail time because he is a Pastor.
The former Zambian Vice President who was convicted by Ndola High Court Deputy Registrar, Joshua Banda, sitting as Lusaka Magistrate, was charged with willful failure to comply with applicable procedure relating to management of public funds.
Dr Mumba reportedly committed the two offences he was found guilty of, when he served as Zambia’s High Commissioner to Canada, and it was alleged that he failed to follow procedures regarding the engagement of a contractor to do repair works at the Zambian High commissioners’ residence in Canada.
In the first count, It was alleged that Dr Mumba 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 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.
Magistrate Banda who discharged the convict because the omission he made was not grave, said he found Mumba guilty because he knew the procedure by virtue of his position. According to the Magistrate, he has considered the fact that Mumba once acted as Republican President and that he is a Pastor of a Church, hence he would be spared jail.
The judgement came after Mumba who is nursing a presidential ambition which will be affected by his recent conviction, pleaded with the court not to send him to jail because he is a family man and that his church members could not do without him.