By GRACE CHAILE
FORMER PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) director, Tonderai Luwisi yesterday delivered chilling details of how he allegedly killed his wife, Pellegia Muligwi after she told him that he was not the father of their two children.
Luwisi, 45, who visibly wept in court said he got extremely furious after he was told by his wife of almost 18 years in marriage, that he was not the father of their children.
In his defence, Luwisi claimed his wife said their marriage was over and that she had moved on.
“My wife told me that the two children are not mine. I was not their father. I cannot give birth to such beautiful children. I was nothing. I was useless and she was taking the children away from me. I was shocked and confused with what my wife was telling me. I never expected such from her. The deception, the betrayal, the insensitiveness,”
“My wife could not just put herself in my shoes. At that moment, my wife took away the bright in me as a father, husband and family man. I felt deceived, betrayed and belittled by my wife of almost 18 years,” he testified.
He told Lusaka High Court Judge, Bonaventure Mbewe, that they entered into a confrontation while in the kitchen and did not recall how many times he stabbed the wife.
He claimed the wife was the first one who grabbed the knife from the kitchen counter and attacked, claiming he was stabbed by the wife on the neck and chest.
Luwisi stated that he grabbed the knife from her and in turn stabbed her but could not count how many times.
He claimed to have blacked out and when he woke up, he saw his daughter holding a knife while next to the mother who was in a pull of blood.
“I would not hurt my wife. I was very angry and out of control because of what my wife had said. My two children are the only ones I have, I worked hard because of my children. Being told such words by my wife of 18 years, I was just out of control. These two children are my pride and joy,” Luwisi said.
The murder happened on December 10, 2022, at plot 121, Jesmondine but Luwisi pleaded not guilty to the offence.
The two were living separately at the time of the incident as the wife had moved out of their matrimonial home in Foxdale to Jesmondine, with the kids, due to misunderstandings.