A Zambia Air Force officer has pleaded not guilty to the offence of forgery after he was accused of forging his documents with intent to change his age in order to continue working despite reaching retirement age.
ZAF officer Evaristo Bwalya Musuna aged 59, of house number 35780/1080 Baulinia Avenue Chelston was charged by the Lusaka magistrate court in Lusaka yesterday with an offence of forgery contrary to section 347 of the penal code cap 87 of the laws of Zambia.
Before magistrate Willie Banda was Musuna who was believed to have on unknown dates but in April 2009 in Lusaka had changed his years with intent to defraud or deceive ZAF attestation paper form 2 purporting to show that he was born on June 2, 1959 when in fact not.
Musuna whom according to the first documentations from the Zambia Air Force showed that he was born in June 2, 1956 denied the charge of forging his age as he insisted that he was born in 1959 and did not understand where the officer got the information.
However this was revealed by Lieutenant colonel Isaac Tembo who noticed that Musuna had over worked exceeding his retirement age and had kept working for the Air Force at the Head Quarters in Lusaka.
Colonel Tembo told court that he noticed the mishap on Musuna’s age when he was going through the documents and compiling names of officers who were supposed to retire as he was mandated to do so six months before they could officially be told to retire.
He said he found two documents in Musunas’ folder which contradicted his age but however went to the order records showing dates when he joined the Air Force and how old he was by that time.
He later told the court that after that he decided to go to a school in chililabombwe where Musuna started his grade one.
While in chililabombwe Tembo visited Konkola Basic School and got hold of a class register which indicated that Musuna was born in 1952 and not 1956 as his National Registration Card indicated.
However the matter was adjourned to April 20, 2012 for continued trial.