DIANA NSOFWA writes
A call boy of Lusaka has been ordered to pay a teacher K3, 000 as compensation for calling her a prostitute.
The Matero Local Court fined Francis Mwansa, 35, of 15 Miles area, in Chibombo District, after a complaint by his 32 year old neighbour, Ngosa Chinkufu.
Ms Chinkufu, a teacher, told presiding magistrate Harriet Mulenga sitting with Pauline Newa, that Mwansa was fond of calling her a prostitute every time he was drunk which caused her great embarrassment.
“On 14 March, he came home at night and started insulting from his room that I am a prostitute and that I sleep with married men. I could clearly hear what he was saying because his bedroom is next to mine and I am the only tenant in the yard,” said Ms Chinkufu.
“He told me I was just a tenant and insulted my vagina and my anus,” she said.
“I approached his wife in the morning but she told me that he also complained that I talked about him. She went to call him so we could discuss the matter but he refused to come,” Ms Chinkufu said.
She said she reported the matter to the village headman and summons were issued to Mr Mwansa but his wife threw it away and insulted her when she delivered it.
“We later went to the headman over the matter but we could not discuss because Mr Mwansa was drunk. So I was given a letter to refer the matter to this court,” she said.
Ms Mwansa’s witness described the defendant as being fond of insults and confirmed that he overheard him and his wife call Ms Chinkufu a prostitute.
But Mr Mwansa in his defence denied ever insulting Ms Chinfuku.
“I do not know why she has brought me here. I was simply arguing with my wife and did not ever mention her name. She simply wants something from me,” he said.
Mr Mwansa’s wife, Fridah, told court that the husband did not ever insult Ms Chinkufu but herself after an argument.
“It’s our marriage. Chipuba chandi even if he insults me,” said Fridah.
“Why don’t you insult each other from the bush? It is not good. Everyone has the right to live in peace. Life sometimes gets hard and you will need your neighbours,” stated magistrate Mulenga.
The magistrate said, “Go to church if you are always quarreling so you could acquire a different spirit. You will compensate her K3, 000, effective April month end, so that you learn it’s not good to insult other people.”