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

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 Miti as ambassador to Switzerland but the appointment drew public outcry and was revoked.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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67 Responses to "Sata creates new position for Simon Miti, as JCTR regrets acquittal of Kapoko"

  1. Munyinza  December 13, 2012 at 15:46

    Miti, Chibbonta, Kabimba and Chenda all worked with CNP in the Local government. There is absolutely no merit in any of their appointments.

  2. Kangwa  December 13, 2012 at 14:49

    Jealousy is rife in this country. This is why we shall forever remain poor. Whenever a Zambian is succeful, its corruption! But if it is a muzungu, they are clever! What a bunch of villagers we are! Miti was cleared by ACC. WHAT NOW? He is corrupt because he does not spend money on booze?

    • pAtriot  December 13, 2012 at 22:37

      True that!! Thanks for that objective and intelligent thought.

  3. Zozo  December 13, 2012 at 08:04

    All those who supported Sata, including British and American diplomats should shut up. They are the ones who have put us in this mess.

  4. Kangwa  December 13, 2012 at 07:06

    Dear Country-men and women. It is interesting to note that there is a lot of animosity towards the appointment of Dr. Miti as Permanent Secretary. The reason for this is not because Dr. Miti has been found with a case to answer. The whole reason for this is the incompetence of the Anti-corruption Commission which broadcasts people being investigated before establishing a prima-facie case against the accused. This creates a public perception that a person is corrupt even before facts are established. Dr. Simon Miti has been in forced leave for close to four years over allegations that he was involved in the Kapoko saga.

    For the past three years, the Anti-corruption Commission have investigated every ounce of Dr. Miti’s life and found that he was in no way involved in corrupt activities at the Ministry of Health. If our investigative wings find someone blameless and censure-less, why do we as citizens continue to refer to the accused as though they have been found guilty? If the public, without any evidence can convict someone, then we do not need the Police, the DEC or the ACC.

    I implore on all of us to respect the institutions we have established for ourselves. My humble view is that the ACC must be cleaned up. People at the ACC must be trained and qualified to carry out investigations quietly until they establish facts before going to the Press. I empathise with Mr. Wynter Kabimba… The ACC publicised the whole issue of corrupt practices by the Minister of justice. Like Dr. Miti, Mr. Kabimba has been ridiculed in the minds of the Zambians… Many of our country-men still believe in the adage that “there is no smoke without fire”… I hasten to add that sometimes, there is just smoke and no fire!!! The investigative wings, the media and the rest must not be allowed to publicise certain statements which are likely to injure the reputation of innocent people. Every person has a right to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise by the courts of law. The media should not be an accuser, the judge and the jury. The ACC must be professional in its conduct and reprimand media houses when such media houses broadcast allegations without due process of the law. THANK YOU.

  5. Ine  December 13, 2012 at 07:00

    Thank God that Dr. Miti is back. I am happy for him and his family.God i thank you that you have crowned this man with honor, you have prepared a table for him in the presence of enemies. What God has ordained no man can change it, Favour to favour Amen.Opinions will always be opinions, this man is a good soul and i praise God that he has remembered him. I pray that God Almighy pay him back all the days, months and years that the enemy stole from him. May the goodness of God follow u Dr. Miti all the days of your life.

  6. rocktree  December 12, 2012 at 20:36

    DON`T KUBEBA MEANT LEARN A DEGREE IN CORRUPTION WAKE UP POOR ZAMBIANS THERE IS A LONG LIST AT CNP UNIVERSITY.

  7. Jamela  December 12, 2012 at 18:40

    This is a sad development indeed on the part of our judiciary. The fight against corruption is a mockery as it is only on paper. The majority of the people appointed in government are questionable. What do you expect to get from a corrupt justice minister?

  8. Ulemu ni Wabwino  December 12, 2012 at 18:09

    “I am addicted to corruption,” but I have been misquoted by most Zambians who seemed to have heard me say, “I am allergic to corruption.”

  9. Donn Mwala  December 12, 2012 at 17:57

    Lets be real, those of us who love Zambia. We cannot continue on this profitless path / self destructive path. President Sata and Mr. Kabimba need to be reminded that when people voted RB and MMD out of office, Zambians were voting for change and hope. The levels of corruptions and poverty are still too high for attaining meaningful development. Miti, Kapoko, RB, Banda Sons, Laito, The Generals,Nevers Mumba, Dora etc all these thieves belong in jail.

    We keep going in aimless cycles. We all know about ultra-corruption at Minstry of Lands,Immigration,Customs,UTH,Police, Ministry of Health, Passport Office ,CEEC, Ministry of Foreign Affiars, Chinese mines etc. President Sata we had hope in you have you, should we give up and start looking for another hope???

  10. Mphangwe  December 12, 2012 at 17:39

    We appreciate that, under the Mwanawasa regime, Dr. Miti was at the helm of the Ministry of Health that saved Sata’s life by organising his evacuation to South Africa for critical treatment on his ailing heart condition. But the President is being too extravagant in the use of national financial resources through the creation of non-cost saving govt positions. The principal advisors at the Presidency should have recommended to assign Dr. Miti for a Diplomatic post overseas.

  11. SEMEKI  December 12, 2012 at 16:33

    A thief shall only appoint another thief so that they can continue stealing. When I was a child my mother would call me “Semeki,who told you to steal sugar from the sugar ball?”, I would respond by saying it is not me even when the sugar ball is empty, but my mother would hold me by my chicks and say what is all this around your mouth, I would reply with a soft lying tongue that it is just little sugar I found as droppings on the dinning table which I was lapping from.I will only say sorry when I receive a big and painful slap.

    This is the scenario we have in Zambia too.

  12. Grammer Teacher  December 12, 2012 at 16:26

    Please Please my dear brothers and sisters. Let us construct proper sentences and although typos are inevitable, let us minimise them as much as we can. There are very many valuable opinions but they get lost in translation because of the bad grammer and phrasing. We are quick to blame our leaders for all their wrongs but if we can’t even communicate effectively or rather put forth our opinions clearly and consisely, i shudder to think what sort of leaders we ourselves will become! Zambia is then surely doomed!

    Even the story itself is not properly written! makes me wonder if it was written by a real journalist. An outsider reading this article (a level minded one a least) might even refuse to give it credibility!

    Do not get me wrong, I am not a snob and I realise that not all of us had ‘grammer’ training in school but please, as far as is possible people, try to constrcut proper sentences!!

    P.S. I am ANTI PATRIOTIC FRONT…..before you accuse me of being happy about this Miti chap’s appointment.

    • SEMEKI  December 12, 2012 at 16:36

      We are not grammer teachers or pupils, my brother go and teach your pupils at school. Do not scare others to pass on their comments please. I love you dear but I deny you comments.

    • Distant Drums  December 12, 2012 at 17:23

      @’Grammer’Teacher,
      You make me laugh, you pretend to be a good teacher yet you have three times failed to spell Grammar correctly. It is not ‘grammer’ but grammar.

  13. wapazed  December 12, 2012 at 15:57

    am shocked and disappointed

  14. stop building that illigal house  December 12, 2012 at 15:44

    Is this the miti together with maureen mwanawasa did not stole the money donated for the funeral of Levy? And deposited in Finance bank (mathani)? Is this the man who together with maureen who could not account for the money released from the zambian government to buy a machine to sustain the late here at home but it was not delivered due to his death? Why should these cases be swept under the carpet just because they helped fund pf. Maureen mwanawasa and mathani have to account for all the monies received during the funeral together with miti becuase the Egyptian government did pay for all funeral related expenses. Watch the space

    • Justicprev  December 12, 2012 at 15:51

      Are your accusations fact or mere rhetoric? I would like to think if the courts clear someone, then they are innocent beyond reasonable doubt. Do you have some evidence the court does not have? please tell us because from what i know, Dr. Miti was cleared by the courts of law including the ACC.Link below!!!!

      http://www.qfmzambia.com/blog_details.php?idx=10689

  15. Scott B  December 12, 2012 at 15:35

    Who’s allergic to corruption? Dont tell me Sata because I’ll know u’re not Zambian. Sata as mmd national secretary in company of late Golden Mandandi and Peter Manchungwa carried 2 Billion kwacha in bags to the convention in Kabwe to corrupt the delegates thats when mmd inherited the tag ‘most corrupt party’. Look at the appointments of first Xavies Chungu, Emmanuel Mwamba, Simon Miti and the protection of his corrupt justice minister and the acquittal of criminal Kapoko. Michael for u.

    • Justicprev  December 12, 2012 at 15:54

      Are your accusations fact or mere rhetoric? You cant compare Chungu or Mwamba to Dr.Miti. Dr. Miti is a proffessional Civil servant. Not a politician my friend. Do u even understand what a PS is? I would like to think if the courts clear someone, then they are innocent beyond reasonable doubt. Do you have some evidence the court does not have? please tell us because from what i know, Dr. Miti was cleared by the courts of law including the ACC.Link below!!!!

      http://www.qfmzambia.com/blog_details.php?idx=10689

  16. One Zambia One Nation  December 12, 2012 at 15:17

    ACC needs to get clearance from HE before appealing these acquitals. I am sure Kapoko will be promoted and I hear his co-accused Uncle on the K300 million case was appointed as a diplomat somewhere in Europe and is already out of this country. The gentleman used to live in Kafue. Tough life this corruption fight?

  17. Justicprev  December 12, 2012 at 15:13

    I remember just about three years ago when former ministry of health PS Dr. Miti was in the same position as kabimba. Is power so sweet that kabimba and sata have forgotten how vocal they were about suspending miti to pave way for investigations? They even revolked the poor guys appointment with a corruption excuse but just this week, miti has been categorically cleared by the ACC. Now that the probe is on kabimba, suddenly the rules have changed. Miti wrote to the then president to declare his innocence. Sata was in the post the next day saying miti was out of line to write to rupiah and should just let the acc do their job. Now he wants to be informed whenever there is cause for investigation? Come on zambia!! Should we allow such insulting of our intelligence? Are we really that daft? I beg to differ. I believe we are better than this. President Sata, u are wrong about this. And if you meant anything you promised zambians during your campaigns, you will correct this. Anything less than that will certainly cost you your respect. Don’t make us regret putting u in state house.read the article on the link below!! the man has been cleared and appointed!!!!

    http://www.qfmzambia.com/blog_details.php?idx=10689

  18. spot on  December 12, 2012 at 14:26

    one may seriously wonder what goes on in president sata z head.
    AM ALLEGIC 2 CORRUPTION, BUT HOW?

  19. Innocent  December 12, 2012 at 13:18

    Iam wondering if that is a true photo for Dr.Miti.

    • Bambo  December 12, 2012 at 13:59

      nichamene

    • The Don  December 12, 2012 at 14:50

      What are you wondering about? This is HIM – DR MITI…!!

      • BA NSWANA  December 12, 2012 at 15:39

        The photo looks like he smokes chamba

    • brad  December 12, 2012 at 15:38

      thats a very vivid pic of simon.

  20. Patriot  December 12, 2012 at 13:10

    This is a slap in the face of people of this country from a president that claimed allergy to corruption! I wonder if there is any one who can take the president seriously based on his performance since he took residence at Plot One. A case of birds of a feather flocking together, perhaps?

  21. ABENA DIGGERS TOWN  December 12, 2012 at 12:40

    I will pray that Micheal Chilufya Sata will leave office alive so that he can dance the same music he has made his friend dance to.

  22. CNP-4U  December 12, 2012 at 12:40

    PF is being run by plunderers..for now their church accepts such nonsense..immorality at its highest..Dr.Miti..why can’t you do something else ..we don’t have confidence in you..be morally upright man..!

  23. musa  December 12, 2012 at 12:02

    Why arresting someone who supported us. MMD arrested him but he gave us money

  24. musa  December 12, 2012 at 11:47

    Kapopo supported PF financially why can’t we acquit him

  25. db  December 12, 2012 at 11:42

    Wats so special abt thyz pipo thy kip recycling???

  26. Mbolo  December 12, 2012 at 11:35

    i have created 6 more districts……

  27. Mano Mano  December 12, 2012 at 11:28

    Which church does HH belong to?

    • shamatunga  December 12, 2012 at 11:42

      hh goes to sda.

    • kn D man  December 12, 2012 at 11:55

      You are very foolish what has the church done where HH goes what is your business about the church think before you write something on someone dont bring church issues in politics spare my GOD from cheap politicking!!!!

    • Engineer(process)  December 12, 2012 at 11:57

      Nigga where does HH and were he congregates come in??? You are BITTER

    • back bencher  December 12, 2012 at 12:06

      does mummy and dady know that you are on the computer again unsupervised

      • Bambo  December 12, 2012 at 13:55

        i like this one back bencher

  28. back bencher  December 12, 2012 at 11:15

    but why are other people being arrested over property expected to be from stolen proceeds ,while others like Kapoko,Miti are left out?

  29. Pedro  December 12, 2012 at 11:12

    Mwanyanya!!!

  30. pAtriot  December 12, 2012 at 10:59

    Congrats to Dr. Miti. You deserve it!!!

  31. miyanda Gift  December 12, 2012 at 10:58

    May the trueth prevail,so are you saying Kapoko didnot steel if yes were did that money went who stole it.

    • Engineer(process)  December 12, 2012 at 11:56

      Your grammar and spellings are pathetic

    • DONCHI  December 12, 2012 at 14:49

      go back to school!

      • persona  December 12, 2012 at 16:04

        okay, but the lodge Kapoko has built is secong to none….i wonder what his salary is to have managed to build such a very expensive and i mean expensive estate

        • Judgement Day  December 12, 2012 at 16:36

          What if Kapoko comes with evidence that he obtained a loan to build the Roma Lodge?Look for real evidence people.It is out there and all one needs is to look in the right place

          • Zaza  December 13, 2012 at 22:29

            A loan From Pf Sata?

            Why did he not produce that evidence?

  32. Sosa  December 12, 2012 at 10:58

    No matter

  33. Sosa  December 12, 2012 at 10:57

    No matter what we say, it’s pay back time. Dr Miti

  34. BIG CNP  December 12, 2012 at 10:53

    This Sata guy what does he think about when he is alone or with friends?i don’t understand him anymore.Where is LUO,LUBINDA,GUY S,FATHER WITHOUT CHILDREN BWALYA,BISHOP MPUNDU,MASEBO,CHIKWANDA please help the big man don’t just stand there and watch him failing i see evil in Sata-n.

  35. mwine mushi  December 12, 2012 at 10:46

    Once again, credible article spoiled by partisan and anti Sata type of reporting. How can reporter refer to “lungs blocked due to chain smoking”? This is rubbish!!

    • Monk Square Shootist  December 12, 2012 at 11:06

      Unfortunately for you it is true his lungs were blocked due to the same . . . .

    • Vilifier  December 12, 2012 at 11:07

      Rubbish but true

    • Sara  December 12, 2012 at 11:17

      Wlungs blocked due to chain smoking”

      • Sara  December 12, 2012 at 11:19

        What is partisan to say that his “lungs blocked due to chain smoking”. Why do you want them to beat about the bush. Let them report as it is!

    • kn D man  December 12, 2012 at 11:58

      You idiot you were smoking together may be your lungs are also blocked!!!!!

    • the tactician  December 12, 2012 at 11:59

      but its true.the man was a chain smoker.it would appear he has had a relapse after those chaps whr caught delivering dagga and mutototo to state house

    • Engineer(process)  December 12, 2012 at 12:00

      If you think the site is partisan, why do you visit it and comment??

    • Fitiball  December 12, 2012 at 12:34

      That bit about lungs being blocked notwithstanding, Sata is the architect of these corrupt appointments and acquittals. He is just not the right man to tell us about fighting corruption as he is not walking his talk.

  36. master  December 12, 2012 at 10:45

    you ask for it? where is chanda chimba my hero.sata the way he is doing thing is like someone without respect for the law and the pipo you voted for him.in first world this things do not happen.

    • Eya eee!  December 12, 2012 at 11:38

      Maybe Chanda Chimba can take back to the camera and begin a new series on PF under Sata…!

  37. solo  December 12, 2012 at 10:41

    simon niti a pure kabwalala. check the properties this goon k has. my dear lord why are you making us suffer under these thieves. sata and his crew. please let a few die. i now dont care.

  38. Mubanga  December 12, 2012 at 10:38

    This satan has given us more problems and is a let down to the Zambians!

  39. Youngster!  December 12, 2012 at 10:37

    Jails are for the POOR! esp in Zambia…

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