MIKE MUGALA, Lusaka
HUNGRY for riches, a 27-year-old man of Lusaka’s Chipata township is alleged to have forced his wife to kill their three-year-old son so they could buy a bus, the Matero local court heard.
Alice Zulu 19, also of the same township, who was sued for divorce by her husband Mathews Lungu narrated before the court how her husband on several occasions forced her to kill her son using black magic.
“Three months ago, my husband brought some charms in a cup and asked me to wash my face with the same charms of which I refused. He later told me that we needed to kill our son so that he would buy a bus,” she said.
Facts before the court were that the two got married in 2013 and have a son together, K1000 bride price out of the initial K4,000 which was charged.
Zulu told the court that there has never been peace in her home since she refused her husband’s suggestion.
She said it was better for her to go separate ways with her husband as opposed to killing her son to acquire riches.
Earlier Lungu, in his remarks denied all the allegations and accused Zulu of being disrespectful to him and his family.
He said Zulu has been telling him that he is not the father of their child every time the two have an argument.
“My wife always tells me that I am not the father of her child, she does not even allow me to touch him at times. She is also very stingy and does not welcome my relatives whenever they visit our home,” Lungu said with a sad face.
He told the court that he deserted their matrimonial home on grounds that Zulu was threatening to kill him.
In passing judgement, magistrate Miyanda Banda sitting with Pauline Newa granted the couple divorce and ordered Lungu to compensate Zulu with K3,000 and K250 monthly child maintenance.