A REGISTRAR at the National Passports and Citizenship has told the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court that President Edgar Lungu changed his credentials on his national identify card of registration number 216992/67/1. This is in a matter where New Labour Party leader Fresher Siwale is accused of defaming President Lungu.
When the matter came up before Lusaka magistrate Alice Walusiku, Agness Musonda testified that NRC number 216992/67/1 was registered in the names of Edgar Lungu but on November 18, 1986, the head of state made an application to change the name to Edgar Chagwa Lungu.
“On 18 November 1986, President Lungu added Chagwa to his name and the changes where recorded at the back of the records as is the case when someone changes, or loses a card. And as today, the record show Edgar Chagwa Lungu on NRC number 216992/67/1,” Musonda said.
“I discovered that President Edgar Chagwa Lungu was born 1956 in Ndola and the NRC was issued from Kitwe on January 29, 1973. Another Edgar Lungu was staying in Chaholi Road, Rhodespark. When he got the NRC, it was issued in Lusaka on 27th June 1995, bearing registration number 652489/11/1.”
The registrar narrated that the National Registration Card that was earlier issued to President Lungu after independence had no provision of the applicant’s father or mother’s village.
She said that in 1973, it was reviewed by the National Registration Department that the village, district and chief should be added to the NRC.
In cross-examination by Siwale’s lawyer, Gilbert Phiri, the witness said that she was not aware that Siwale was featured on Muvi TV’s The Assignment Programme questioning the identity of the Head of State.
Musonda told court that the record does not show the identity of the President’s father and mother. She also affirmed that citizens were free to debate the origin and identity of President Lungu and that Siwale had the right to do so as a politician.
She also expressed ignorance on whether Jonathan Mutaware appears in their database. Musonda added that she has never received a report about an individual having two National Registration Cards.
It is alleged that Siwale on April 22, 2018, with intent to bring the name of President Edgar Lungu into ridicule, published a defamatory matter by word of mouth by saying that the President of the Republic of Zambia had other names, that Edgar Chagwa Lungu were not his real names.
Siwale is also accused of having called for the arrest of President Lungu for having three National Registration Cards.
The matter come up on July 23.