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He accuses me of sleeping with my step-son – wife tells Lusaka court

A LUSAKA housewife told the Lusaka Boma court that her husband of nine years has been accusing her of having sexual relations with her step-son.
Evelyn Phiri, 34, of Kamwala South township was narrating a case in which she sued Didima Sakala for divorce.
Phiri told Lusaka boma local court magistrates Miyanda Banda and Davies Mpundu that she got married to Sakala in 2006. She said they have two children together and bride price was paid. However, the couple has been on separation for four months.
“I was once married with two children but my husband died. When I got married to Sakala, I was his third wife and I found he had three children from his previous marriage; I took care of his children,” she said.
She said problems started eight months into their marriage when Sakala packed her clothes and took her back to her parents for no reason.
Phiri said Sakala also developed a habit of calling her a prostitute and accusing her of having sexual relations with his son.
“After this allegation, I left our matrimonial home because he was being disrespectful. Before that, he abandoned me at my parents’ home and married another woman whom he also deserted six months later. He then started begging me for reconciliation and apologised for what he did,” she said.
Phiri told the court that seven months after reconciling, he chased her again and married a fifth wife with whom he had another child.
“He chased his fifth wife and came back with his uncle to beg for forgiveness. We reconciled again and I went back to being a mother to his children while mine remained with my parents. He does not even want me to visit my children or allow them to visit me at my matrimonial home,” she said.
But Sakala in his statement denied the allegations and insisted that Phiri was having a sexual relationship with his son.
Passing judgment, the court granted the couple divorce and ordered Sakala to pay Phiri K10,000 as compensation with an initial instalment of K1,000 followed by K300 monthly instalments.
Sakala was also ordered to pay K400 as child maintenance.