A 35-YEAR-OLD Chililabombwe woman accused of forging a Zambia Open University (ZAOU) Bachelor of Laws degree and uttering the said false document to an examinations officer at ZIALE has denied the charges.

Clare Mulwanda, a senior assistant Legal officer at Chililabombwe Municipal Council pleaded not guilty to two counts of forgery and uttering a false document before the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

In this matter, it is alleged in count one that Mulwanda between September 10, 2009 and December 2019 in Lusaka, with intent to deceive or defraud forged a Zambia Open University Bachelor of Laws degree certificate number 091090 by purporting to show that it was genuinely issued by Zambia Open University when in fact not.

In count two, it is alleged that the accused person between August 1 and 31, 2017 in Lusaka knowingly and fraudulently uttered a false document namely a Zambia Open University Bachelor of Laws degree to Mwansa Grace Kalaba an examinations officer at Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE).

When the matter came up for plea before Lusaka magistrate Betty Malupenga, the accused denied both charges after they were read to her.

The matter comes up on January 25, 2021, for commencement of trial.