Zambian Watchdog

Sata creates new position for Simon Miti, as JCTR regrets acquittal of Kapoko

December 12
10:30 2012

Dr Miti

A few days after a fast track acquittal of PF financier Henry Kapoko, president Michael Sata has rewarded Dr. Simon Miti by creating a completely new position of PS in government where he has appointed him PS in charge of parliamentary business.

In Novermber last year, president Sata attempted to appoint Dr. Miti as ambassador to Switzerland but the appointment drew public outcry and was revoked.

Prior to appointment as ambassador, Dr. Miti had been on forced leave since 2009 following investigations into the K27 billion corruption scam which occurred at the ministry of Health during his tenure as PS.

Soon after being put on leave, Dr. Miti wrote to then president Rupiah Banda explaining himself over the investigations on public funds embezzlement.

The opposition leader president Michael Sata protest over Rupiah’s attempt to merely transfer him to another ministry.

Dr. Miti is the one who was tasked under the Mwanawasa administration to evacuate Sata to South Africa when he his lungs were blocked due to chain smoking which he quit from hospital.

Meanwhile, the Jesuit Center for Theological Reflection (JCTR) says the acquittal of former Ministry of Health Human Resources Manager Henry Kapoko raises questions.

JCTR Director Father Leonard Chiti has said that he shares the displeasure shown by the British government on the court’s decision. Father Chiti says the move will paint a bad picture on the country to the International community which has been committing huge sums of money to the country’s health sector. He says the International community was hoping that Zambia would secure convictions for those who misapplied public funds.
The JCTR Director has since expressed hope that the Anti-Corruption Commission which is yet to appeal the Magistrate Court’s decision will do so. The Lusaka Magistrates court last week acquitted Mr. Kapoko of seven charges of theft by public servant amounting to K374 million.
This was the second acquittal after he was recently acquitted of stealing over K7 billion from the Ministry of Health where he worked as human resources manager.

The British High Commission has already communicated its displeasure and surprise at the acquittal of Kapoko.

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