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ZAF officer claims ownership of NRC in Siwale’s Lungu’s defamation case

THE matter in which New Labour Party leader Fresher Siwale is accused of defaming President Edgar Lungu has taken a new twist as a Zambia Air Force Lieutenant is now claiming ownership of the National identity card, which Siwale believes belongs to President Edgar Lungu.

In this matter, Siwale is on April 22, 2018, with intent to bring his President Lungu’s name into ridicule, published defamatory matter by word of mouth saying that Edgar Chagwa Lungu was not his real name. Siwale alleged that the Head of State was formerly known as Jonathan Mutware.

Siwale is also accused of having called for the arrest of President Lungu for being an identity thief as he owned three National Registration Cards (NRCs).

Testifying before magistrate Alice Walusiku, Lieutenant Edgar Lungu, an officer of the Zambia Air Force stationed at ZAF Base Longacres told court that the Siwale displayed his the National Registration Card on Muvi TV’s assignment programme, alleging that it belonged to President Lungu.

Lt Lungu said the NRC, which was shown by Siwale bearing number 652489/11/1 belongs to him.

He said during the registration of Zambia Air Force projects limited at Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA), he was requested to submit his identity card.

“I submitted a photocopy of my National Registration Card number 652489/11/1. On April 26, 2019, I was called by police officers at Force Headquarters to avail myself and carry along necessary documents,” Lungu said.

“Before that, I was watching Muvi TV, the Assignment programme where my NRC number was displayed. I watched the programme on April 22, 2018 and the discussant was Siwale, who was discussing the identity of President Edgar Chagwa Lungu. The programme was okay until he displayed my NRC.”

Lt Lungu said before he could verify the National Registration Card at the registration office, he was called at Force headquarters.

He claimed that the National Identity Card displayed by Siwale depicts his signature, face, date of birth [of] February 22, 1974, his village and the chief being senior chief Kalindawalo.

He added that the date of issuance of the NRC was June 27, 1995.

Lt Lungu told the court that he replaced his NRC on June 26, 2006 as the old one was damaged.

He further denied being related to President Lungu.

At this point, Siwale’s lawyers applied for an adjournment saying they would not cross-examine Lungu as they needed to refer to certain documents, which were still before the High Court.

Hearing continues on December 9, 2019.

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