A LIVINGSTONE teacher who forged two secondary school teachers diplomas from the University of Zambia and David Livingstone College of Education has been jailed for nine months with hard labour.
Alexander Mukulalwendo, 28, was sent to jail by Magistrate Faides Hamaundu after he admitted having forged the diplomas.
Ms Hamaundu told Mukulalwendo that she had noted what he said in mitigation that he was the first offender who deserved court’s leniency but however she could not acquit him because a week could not pass without the court hearing cases of forgery and uttering.
She said giving Mukulalwendo a custodial sentence was the only way the prevailing cases of forgery would decrease.
In mitigation, Mukulalwendo pleaded with the court to exercise maximum leniency as he was a first offender.
He asked the court to give him a second chance so that he would go back to school and rewrite examinations.
He said a custodial sentence would ruin his career as a secondary school teacher.
The facts before the court were that Mukulalwendo on unknown dates but between December 1 and 31, 2012, knowingly and fraudulently uttered a false document namely a secondary school diploma from the University of Zambia and David Livingstone College of Education to Maxwell Mulondia.
Mukulalwendo also admitted that on October 10, 2010 and February 29 this year, while acting together with others unknown with intent to deceive and defraud, forged a secondary school teachers diploma from the University of Zambia and David Livingstone College of Education in the names of Alexander Mukulalwendo by purporting to show that it was genuinely issued and signed by the authorized signatories of the said institutions.