Richard Mutale pleads not guilty to 11 counts of fraud

By Staff Reporter

A LUSAKA businessman Richard Mutale has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of forgery, uttering false documents and obtaining money by false pretences.

Mutale is alleged to have forged a letter purporting to show that it was authored by President Edgar Lungu and another by Presidential special assistant for press and public relations Amos Chanda.

Mutale, 47, of Makeni also forged a document purporting to show that it was issued by President Lungu’s political adviser when in fact not.

He appeared for plea before Lusaka chief resident magistrate Lameck Mwale but denied committing the offences.

It is alleged in the first count that Mutale on March 13, 2019 at Lusaka with intent to defraud or deceive, forged an acknowledgment document for the business appointment letter with the Head of State purporting to show that it was genuinely written and signed by Amos Chanda when in fact not.

Mutale in count two is alleged to have on March 14, 2019 with intent to defraud or deceive, forged a land allocation document in Petauke district dated August 25, 2015 addressed to the acting district commissioner Paul Chanda purporting to show that it was genuinely written and signed by President Edgar Lungu when in fact not.

 

In the third count, Mutale is accused of having, on March 13, 2019 with intent to defraud obtained K10,000 from William Simpson, the managing director of Truck and Trailer Sales Limited, a UK based company, by falsely pretending that it was meant for the appointment to meet President Lungu when in fact not.

In counts four, six, eight, nine and 10, Mutale is alleged to have between February 2019 and March 14, 2019 forged a Republic of Zambia general receipt number G 4484777 in the sum of K9,820. 00 by purporting to show it was genuinely issued by State House when in fact not and also forged a PF business card in his name purporting to show that it was issued by the office of the political advisor to the President when in fact not.

The accused also forged a grade 12 certificate number 93102445 in names of Mutale Richard by purporting to show that it was genuinely issued and authored by the Examination Council of Zambia (ECZ) when in fact not and further forged a Bachelor of Arts degree no. BBA 3870 by purporting that it was genuinely issued and authorised by the University of Zambia (UNZA) when in fact not.

Mutale is further alleged to have forged a letter of admission to become a supplier of heavy duty mine equipments and goods dated February 11, 2019 by purporting to show that it was genuinely written and signed by Paul Chanda the permanent secretary, ministry of mines, energy and water development when in fact not.

Mutale in the fifth count is alleged to have on March 14 knowingly and fraudulently uttered a false GRZ receipt in the sum of K9,820. 00 to Simpson and in count seven he is alleged to have uttered the false PF business card to Simpson by falsely pretending to show that it was genuinely issued by PF when in fact not.

 

Count 11 alleged that Mutale on March 13 at Lusaka knowingly and fraudulently uttered a false acknowledgment for business appointment documents with the Head of State to Simpson.

Mutale was granted a K10,000 bail in his own recognizance with two working sureties bound in K30,000 but also in their own recognizance.

Trial is expected to commence on May 8.