Masumba faces contempt

SUPREME Court Judge Marvin Mwanamwambwa has warned that Mufumbwe member of Parliament Steven Masumba might be cited for contempt of court for questioning the decision of the High Court to deny him bail.

When the matter came up for hearing of bail application in the Supreme Court yesterday, Justice Mwanamwambwa raised concerns on the article which appeared in the Post Newspapers dated October 4, 2014.

He said the article was contemptuous because Masumba questioned the High Court’s decision to deny him bail.

Mr Justice Mwanamwambwa asked defence lawyer Mutakela Lisimba to explain through an affidavit why Masumba should not be cited for contempt of court.

He also said the authors of the article Francis Lungu and Kombe Mataka might also be called to explain why they should not be cited for contempt for writing about a matter which was before the courts of law.

The matter has been adjourned to November 11, 2014.

Early this month, the Lusaka High Court dismissed Masumba’s request for bail pending his appeal to the Supreme Court against his 12-month jail term.

Judge Chalwe Mchenga said he could not hear Masumba’s matter because his earlier application was dismissed on merit and advised the convicted lawmaker to seek remedy from the Supreme Court.

This is in a matter in which Masumba had asked Mr Justice Mchenga to grant him bail pending his appeal over the judge’s decision to uphold his conviction and 12 months sentence that was slapped on him by the Lusaka Magistrate’s court in November last year.

Mr Justice Mchenga upheld Lusaka Magistrate Court’s conviction of Masumba for one year with hard labour after the subordinate court found him guilty of obtaining pecuniary advantage by false pretences.

The Mufumbwe lawmaker used an accounting technician diploma certificate he erroneously obtained from the National Institute for Public Administration (NIPA) to earn a job for himself.