Two men of Lusaka who were arrested and charged with impersonating a public officer and forgery have denied the charge in the Lusaka Magistrates Court.

Reuben Phiri 36 and Felix Mambwe 29 both of Chawama Compound denied the charges when they appeared before Magistrate Jennifer Bwalya.

In denying the charges Phiri and Mambwe told the court that they understood the charges but denied impersonating and forging Zesco Identity cards.

They told court that the charges leveled against them to tarnish their reputations.

In count one, Phiri is charged with forgery contrary to section 342 and 347 of the laws of Zambia.

It is alleged that Phiri between December 1 and 31, 2015 jointly and while acting together with others unknown with intent to deceive and defraud allegedly made a false document namely a Zesco identity card in the names of Reuben Phiri purporting that it was genuinely issued by Zesco when in fact not.

And in count two Phiri and Mambwe are facing one count of personating a public Officer contrary to section102 of the laws of Zambia.

It is alleged that the duo on 25 January this year did falsely presented themselves to Musonda Chibwe as persons employed by Zesco Limited when in fact not.

In count three the duo are facing one count of uttering false documents contrary to section 352 of the laws of Zambia .

It is alleged that Phiri and Mambwe on the same dates knowingly and fraudulently allegedly uttered false document namely a Zesco identity card bearing NRC No.860692/11/1.

The matter comes up on February 5, for a commencement of trial.

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