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‘She wanted to kill my twins’

By MUNIDE ZULU
WHILE parents view children as a blessing, a couple in Rufunsa accused each other of planning to kill their twins, the Mpanshya Local Court.
The couple felt it was better to concentrate on farming as opposed to raising their children.
Before senior presiding magistrate Phillip Phiri was Chaison Tembo, 36, who accused his wife Margaret Phiri of intending to kill their twins after he told her about his intention to start farming.
Tembo said although his wife Phiri was happy about the prospects of them engaging into farming, she expressed concern that they had twins who would disturb their project.
This is in a case in which Tembo of Muteu village sued his wife, Phiri, 36, of Nyampande village for marriage reconciliation. The two got married in 2012 with Tembo paying K250 as bride price.
“When her parents came to visit, I told her to slaughter a goat for them but she twisted my words and accused me of trying to kill the twins,” Tembo said.
However, Phiri told the court that it was her husband who asked her if she could kill the twins so that they could focus on farming.
Tembo also said “My wife’s ex-lover had at one time insulted me and claimed to have a child with her. When I asked her about the allegations, she answered in the affirmative.
And Phiri testified that her husband used to physically abuse his step-children (her Children) every time she went out.
She further said her husband was using his step-children as labourers on his farm.
“My husband would also force me to do manual work three weeks after giving birth. He has also not bought me cosmetics for a year,” she said.
Phiri pleaded with the court to dissolve her marriage because she fears her husband might kill her children.
The court dissolved their marriage saying their marriage was characterized by cruelty.
Tembo was ordered to be maintaining their twins until they reach the age of 18.


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