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A 32-year-old man narrated before a Lusaka Local Court that his wife was always chatting with a neighbour on phone until the two were caught having s*x by a neighbour’s wife.

Peter Chimpindu of Garden Township was testifying in a case in which his wife, Mirriam Tembo, 29, of Ng’ombe Township, sued him for reconciliation after being on separating for two months.

The two got married in 2011 and have a child together. Dowry was paid for the marriage.

Tembo told Senior Court Magistrate Pauline Newa, at Matero Local Court, that he differed with Chimpindu in 2014 and that the two lived on separation for one year and two months. She said since the beginning of the year, Chimpindu had been complaining that things were hard and even stopped paying house rentals. The situation was worsened by her stopping work.

Tembo complained that Chimpindu could go out for as long as two weeks on the pretext that he was working when he was infact married to another woman.

“Chimpindu got property when I was hospitalized, I called him after I recovered but he told me that he did not love me anymore and that I was free to go anywhere alse,” said Tembo. Chimpindu, in his defence, explained that they separated because Tembo was always chatting with a neighbour on phone and that he did not suspect anything until the two were later caught having s*x by the neighbour’s wife. “This woman is flirtatious I cannot live with her any more, I am happy that she has brought me to court so that we can separate in peace,” said Chimpindu.

But Tembo insisted she was merely suspected of committing adultery and that she had explained the matter to Chimpindu and they had even resolved the matter.

In passing judgment, the court ruled that the reconciliation bid had failed and that the two could not continue in marriage since Chimpindu was unwilling to reconcile and could not be forced.

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