MIKE MUGALA, Lusaka
A THIRTY-FOUR-YEAR-OLD woman of Lusaka’s Chipata township told a Matero local court that lack of food at home forced her to commit adultery in exchange for K150.
Testifying before magistrate Miyanda Banda sitting with Pauline Newa, Ruth Nanyeza said she opted to find a boyfriend because her husband is irresponsible and he does not provide for the couple’s four children.
“My husband spends all his money on beer, our children live in fear when he is around. My boyfriend is a caring man and he helps me buy food for the children,’’ she said.
This is in a case in which Steward Sichamba, 44, sued Chris Cheembe 33, his wife’s boyfriend for adultery. Facts before the court were that Nanyeza and Sichamba got married in 1987 and have four children together and bride price was fully paid.
Sichamba, a security guard told the court that his neighbours have on several occasions told him that his wife sneaks another man into his house when he is on night duty.
“I was shocked when I was called on the 17th of August around 24:00 only to be told that my wife was caught committing adultery with another man in my matrimonial house, I am disappointed with my wife,’’ he said.
Sichamba refuted allegations that he was irresponsible and told the court his wife does not appreciate his efforts.
Cheembe admitted committing adultery with Sichamba’s wife and told the court that he did not know that Nanyeza was a married woman.
“Nanyeza is my girlfriend and I have known her for three months now, she never told me that she is married,’’ he said.
In passing judgement the court found Cheembe guilt and ordered him to compensate Sichamba with K20,000.