ZNS officer jailed for securing job with a forged grade 12 certificate

Judge Mallet; Hammer
Judge Mallet; Hammer


A Zambia National Service -ZNS- officer has been sentenced to 3 years imprisonment, for obtaining employment, using a forged Grade twelve certificate.

The sentence was handed down after Lusaka Magistrate, Betty Malupenga convicted Lieutenant Delgracious Moonga.

In sentencing Lieutenant Moonga, Magistrate Malupenga said the explanation given by the accused did not make sense, therefore the decision to send him to jail.

She explained that it is not possible that someone else might have forged the result for Lieutenant Moonga, without his knowledge.


In mitigation, Lieutenant Moonga pleaded with the court to exercise lenience, as he is the first offender and that he had lost his job.

In this matter, the accused is facing three counts of forgery, uttering of false document and obtaining pecuniary advantage.

The accused was convicted on all the counts but the sentences will run concurrently.

Meanwhile, Zambia and Mozambique are in talks, for the transfer of Zambian Prisoners serving in that country.

Prison’s Commissioner General Percy Chato says the Ministry of Justice has also given consent to transfer two Mozambique nationals serving in Zambian prisons back to that country.

Mr Chato says currently, the prison’s service is waiting for the Mozambiquan authorities to invite them to go and interview the Zambian prisoners in that country.

He however says the process is only done when the prisoners are willing to be brought back.

Mr Chato was speaking when he featured on Tv2′s Morning Live News and Current Affairs Segment.

Last Week , Seven Angolan Prisoners serving in Zambian prisons were transferred to Angola , while one Zambian prisoner was brought back home.