MELODY MUPETA, Kitwe
A TWENTY-NINE-YEAR-OLD woman of Kitwe has narrated before the Boma Local Court how her husband’s lover stormed a family
meeting carrying a set of twins he allegedly fathered and asking for child support.
Appearing before senior local court magistrates Fredrick Ndhlovu and Royd Chinda was Sandra Phiri, 29, who sued Sledge Kamowo, 31, for divorce on grounds that he is promiscuous.
Phiri narrated before the court that the two got married in 2006 and have two children together but that problems in their marriage started in 2011 when her husband engaged in extra-marital affairs.
She told the court that people in her neighbourhood told her that her husband was having an affair with their neighbour but that when she confronted him, he denied the allegations.
Phiri told the court that the woman whom Kamowo was having an affair with shifted to another town but she was surprised to meet her carrying a child who resembled Kamowo.
She said when she confronted the woman, she admitted that Kamowo fathered her child, which forced her to pack her belongings and leave the matrimonial home.
Phiri told the court that when a family meeting was called to reconcile the two, another woman carrying a set of twins stormed the meeting saying Kamowo was the father of her children and that they needed his support.
“I was so shocked to find out that my husband had fathered a set of twins apart from the one I discovered from another woman earlier,” she said.
She pleaded with the court to dissolve the marriage before she contracted a sexually transmitted disease (STD) from her husband.
And Kamowo admitted being the father of the twins but pleaded with the court not to end the marriage because he still loves his wife.
However, magistrate Ndhlovu and Chinda granted the couple divorce saying Kamowo’s infidelity proved he was not content with his family.
The two magistrates ordered Kamowo to compensate his wife with K8,000 to be paid in instalments of K500.