The Lusaka Magistrate Court has acquitted National Union for Building, Engineering and General Workers (NUBEGW) Secretary General Bryson Nyirenda on charges of giving false information to a public officer.
This is in a matter Nyirenda was charged for giving false information to a public officer contrary to section 125 of the penal code Chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.
Particulars of the offence were that Nyirenda, 59, on the 27th December, 2016 in Lusaka did give false information to a public officer namely Angela Mwanza to be allowed to contest an elective position at the Union’s conference.
NUBEGW National Trustee Jeff Matta who was the complainant in the matter alleged that the secondment letter from Millers Construction Nyirenda presented to the returning officer to contest the position of General Secretary was forged.
But when the matter came up for ruling, Lusaka Magistrate Faides Hamaundu stated that the prosecution failed to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt that the letter was forged. She further found Nyirenda with no case to answer.
And speaking in an interview in Kitwe, Nyirenda said he was happy justice had prevailed. He said the conclusion of the case will allow him to focus on bettering the working conditions of its members.
Nyirenda who was being represented by Hobday Kabwe said he does not hold any grudges after conclusion of the matter and will work closely with everyone in the union.
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