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Teacher to pay K10,000 for pregnancy

A SECONDARY school teacher of Kafue has been charged K10, 000 for impregnating a 25-year-old woman.
This was in a case in the Chelston Local Court in which Joyce Chalwe of Salama Park was demanding to be paid K15,000, for damage.
The court, however, reduced the amount Chalwe was demanding from Haward Mweene to K10,000.
Chalwe told senior presiding magistrate Lazarus Mwape that Mweene impregnated her daughter but has failed to discuss the matter despite being summoned on several occasions.
“We have been calling Mweene for discussions from the time the pregnancy was only three-month-old but he has not come through and the pregnancy is now six months old,” she said.
But Mweene told the court that in the past, his family has failed to meet Chalwe’s family due to circumstances beyond their control.
“I got involved in a road accident at a time I arranged to meet Chalwe’s family and thereafter, something always came up whenever I planned to meet them,” he said.
Mweene, however, said he has intentions of marrying Chalwe’s daughter and expressed disappointment for being dragged to court.
Passing judgment, the court told Mweene that there was nothing wrong with Chalwe dragging him to court.
“You should not combine damage and marriage because they are two different things. This is how many people have been swindled because they combine the two. If you wanted to marry her, you wouldn’t have impregnated her first,” the court said.

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