SUN REPORTER writes
A Ndola man has told the court that his mother-in-law threatens to chop off his manhood each time he attempts to have access to his child.
Kunda Ngosa said this in his defence when he appeared before Mapalo Local Court for allegedly abandoning his one-month old child after his wife’s death.
His mother-in-law, Mary Masumba 53, of Chipulukusu township sued Mr Ngosa 36 of the same township for refusing to support his child.
Mr Ngosa said he stopped supporting the child because his mother in law always denied him access to his child, threatening to harm him.
He said Ms Masumba had chased him out of her house and he went to look for a job so that he could support his child.
He sent the court into laughter when he said he was afraid of his mother in-law because she always threatened to cut off his manhood.
Mr Ngosa said that at one time he bought powered milk which finished in less than two weeks instead of lasting one month adding that his mother-in-law was not being sincere.
But Ms Masumba narrated before a fully packed court that his son in-law left her a burden of taking care of his one-month old child after her daughter passed away. She said when her daughter died on February 7, last year both families sat down to see how they would take care of the baby.
“I asked my son in-law to live in one of our houses so that we can help each other taking care of the baby but he only bought milk for the baby once,” she said
She then decided to chase him out the house so that she could put it on rent and raise money to take care of the baby.
Ms Masumba was testifying before senior local court presiding magistrate Juliet Bwalya sitting with Ntemba Sakala.
She said Mr Ngosa never got back to see his child or even send money for maintenance and only returned after some months in November around 21:00 hours.
When she asked him why he went to see the child late at night, Mr Ngosa responded that he had a right to see his child regardless of the time.
“I was so upset, he came around 21:00 hours after some months without anything in his hands for the child and that’s when I beat him like a dog,” she said.
In passing judgment, the court ordered Mr Ngosa to be paying K300 per month for child maintenance.
She urged Ms Musamba to not give up on the grandchild regardless of the father’s “stupidity.”