A LUSAKA resident alleged to have forged a Patriotic Front identity card has pleaded not guilty to forgery.
Kelvin Mwamutanda, 40, a businessman of Ngwerere area, appeared before magistrate Muzambalika Simwatachela where he denied the charge.
It is alleged that Mwamutanda on July 4, in Lusaka, with intent to defraud or deceive forged a PF identity card bearing National Registration Card number 659447/11/1 purporting to show that it was genuinely issued by the political party when in fact not.
The accused, who was in custody, has since been released on bail.
He was granted K15,000 bail in his own recognizance with two working sureties bound in the sum of K20,000 each but also in their own recognizance.
And according to police sources, the PF through its deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya, distanced itself from Mwamutanda’s case.
Bwalya told police that the accused person was not a PF member and that the card he was in possession of was fake because the party does not issue identity cards to members.
Trial in the matter is expected to commence on August 24.
Before appearing in the Subordinate Court, Mwamutanda had applied for habeas corpus, claiming that he was arrested at Levy Shopping Mall and that he was charged with arson.