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

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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 Miti as ambassador to Switzerland but the appointment drew public outcry and was revoked.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. Miti, Chibbonta, Kabimba and Chenda all worked with CNP in the Local government. There is absolutely no merit in any of their appointments.

    Munyinza - December 13, 2012

  2. 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?

    Kangwa - December 13, 2012

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

      pAtriot - December 13, 2012

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

    Zozo - December 13, 2012

  4. 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.

    Kangwa - December 13, 2012

  5. 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.

    Ine - December 13, 2012


    rocktree - December 12, 2012

  7. 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?

    Jamela - December 12, 2012

  8. “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.”

    Ulemu ni Wabwino - December 12, 2012

  9. 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???

    Donn Mwala - December 12, 2012

  10. 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.

    Mphangwe - December 12, 2012

  11. 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.

    SEMEKI - December 12, 2012

  12. 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.

    Grammer Teacher - December 12, 2012

    • 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.

      SEMEKI - December 12, 2012

    • @’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.

      Distant Drums - December 12, 2012

  13. am shocked and disappointed

    wapazed - December 12, 2012

  14. 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

    stop building that illigal house - December 12, 2012

    • 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!!!!

      Justicprev - December 12, 2012

  15. 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.

    Scott B - December 12, 2012

    • 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!!!!

      Justicprev - December 12, 2012

  16. 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?

    One Zambia One Nation - December 12, 2012

  17. 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 the article on the link below!! the man has been cleared and appointed!!!!

    Justicprev - December 12, 2012

  18. one may seriously wonder what goes on in president sata z head.

    spot on - December 12, 2012

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

    Innocent - December 12, 2012

    • nichamene

      Bambo - December 12, 2012

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

      The Don - December 12, 2012

      • The photo looks like he smokes chamba

        BA NSWANA - December 12, 2012

    • thats a very vivid pic of simon.

      brad - December 12, 2012

  20. 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?

    Patriot - December 12, 2012

  21. 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.

    ABENA DIGGERS TOWN - December 12, 2012

  22. 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 morally upright man..!

    CNP-4U - December 12, 2012

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

    musa - December 12, 2012

  24. Kapopo supported PF financially why can’t we acquit him

    musa - December 12, 2012

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

    db - December 12, 2012

  26. i have created 6 more districts……

    Mbolo - December 12, 2012

  27. Which church does HH belong to?

    Mano Mano - December 12, 2012

    • hh goes to sda.

      shamatunga - December 12, 2012

    • 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!!!!

      kn D man - December 12, 2012

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

      Engineer(process) - December 12, 2012

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

      back bencher - December 12, 2012

      • i like this one back bencher

        Bambo - December 12, 2012

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

    back bencher - December 12, 2012

  29. Mwanyanya!!!

    Pedro - December 12, 2012

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

    pAtriot - December 12, 2012

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

    miyanda Gift - December 12, 2012

    • Your grammar and spellings are pathetic

      Engineer(process) - December 12, 2012

    • go back to school!

      DONCHI - December 12, 2012

      • 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

        persona - December 12, 2012

        • 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

          Judgement Day - December 12, 2012

          • A loan From Pf Sata?

            Why did he not produce that evidence?

            Zaza - December 13, 2012

  32. No matter

    Sosa - December 12, 2012

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

    Sosa - December 12, 2012

  34. 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.

    BIG CNP - December 12, 2012

  35. 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!!

    mwine mushi - December 12, 2012

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

      Monk Square Shootist - December 12, 2012

    • Rubbish but true

      Vilifier - December 12, 2012

    • Wlungs blocked due to chain smoking”

      Sara - December 12, 2012

      • 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!

        Sara - December 12, 2012

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

      kn D man - December 12, 2012

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

      the tactician - December 12, 2012

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

      Engineer(process) - December 12, 2012

    • 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.

      Fitiball - December 12, 2012

  36. 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 first world this things do not happen.

    master - December 12, 2012

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

      Eya eee! - December 12, 2012

  37. 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.

    solo - December 12, 2012

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

    Mubanga - December 12, 2012

  39. Jails are for the POOR! esp in Zambia…

    Youngster! - December 12, 2012