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‘Steamy’ love affair backfires

VICTORIA KASANGA writes

@SunZambian

A NDOLA woman has been fined K2,500 for accosting her lover’s wife and alleging that she was failing to satisfy the man in bed, the reason why he opted for an illicit and steamy love affair.

This is a case involving Grace Mukuka 28 of Chipulukusu Township who sued Prudence Musunga 38 of the same township for compensation of insults and defamation of character.

The court found Ms Musunga wanting for alleging that Ms Mukuka was too skinny and that was why her husband did not enjoy sex and started dating her instead.

Ms Mukuka told the court that on January 28, this year someone alerted her that husband, Daniel Phiri, had been having a love affair with Ms Musunga whom she immediately confronted about it.

The woman, she said, admitted having an illicit affair and asked for forgiveness.

Ms Mukuka said she was disappointed because she respected Ms Musunga and regarded her as her elder sister.

The case came before Mapalo Local Court presiding magistrates Judith Bwalya and Chileshe Nsofu.

She said after some weeks, she went to pick her children from school and found that her husband had already picked them up.

Back home, she asked her eldest child where the father had taken them, he said he took them to Ms Musunga’s place.

“On the 15th of February this year when I was passing, Ms Musunga started shouting at me saying I was skinny and HIV positive. I approached her and told her that my husband confessed everything about their affair,” she said.

She said Ms Musunga then beat her up and started shouting that she would not disengage from the illicit affair with her husband

She told the packed court that Ms Musunga’s boss sat then down but she kept on insulting her and bragging that her husband went to her because he enjoyed sex with her.

Ms Mukuka said she wanted compensation because her name and that of her family had been brought into disrepute.

In her statement, Ms Musunga said she works at a hardware shop as an attendant and that Ms Mukuka’s husband was a drive and normally went to cook from the shop with his friends.

She said Ms Mukuka went to her work place and started shouting at her that she should stop sleeping with her husband.

“She kept telling everyone that I sleep with her and insulted me saying I am an old woman to date her husband and he kept on coming to taste my old private parts,” she said.

When the court questioned Mr Phiri, the husband to Ms Mukuka, he said he used to date Ms Musunga but the problem was that she started beating up his wife.

Mr Phiri said he had confessed to his wife about his adultery and that his wife forgave him.

In passing judgment, the court ordered Ms Musunga to compensate Ms Mukuka K2,500 in monthly instalments of K250.

The court observed that the man had admitted being in an illicit affair with Ms Musunga and that the defamation indeed took place.

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