THE wife of Lusaka businessman Lombe Okpara who has been petitioned for divorce has denied engaging in adultery with Patrick Mwanawasa and Ministry of Foreign Affairs permanent secretary Ronald Simwiinga.
In this matter, Okpara is seeking an order that his eight-year marriage to Musamba Mulenga be dissolved as he could not reasonably continue living with her upon discovering that she had engaged in adulterous acts.
Mulenga, in her answer to the petition, indicated that their marriage had broken down irretrievably but the reasons were not among those indicated in the petition for dissolution of marriage.
The respondent said she unequivocally denies committing adultery with Mwanawasa and Simwiinga to warrant her husband to find it intolerable to live with her as alleged in his petition.
“The respondent has not behaved in a manner that the petitioner cannot live with her as it is the petitioner himself that has behaved in an unreasonable manner and she cannot be expected to live with him,” Mulenga said.
She claimed that Mwanawasa was her friend who was at the time working in Eastern Province and whilst in Lusaka, he rented a duplex apartment to enable him hold meetings.
Mulenga indicated that she decided to visit Mwanawasa at his apartment as friends would normally do, adding that when someone’s manhood was in pain, it doe not prove that the person was from having sex.
Okpara had stated that on November 3 last year, Mulenga and Mwanawasa had spent time together at a short-term rented duplex apartment at Roma situated on Lukanga road in Roma township.
He said Mulenga and Mwanawasa spent about five hours in the said apartment from 17:00 hours to 21:45 hours after which Mwanawasa allegedly complained of pain on his manhood following the alleged sexual encounter.
But Mulenga rubbished the assertions saying there were several reasons that could explain such pain.
She denied confirming that Mwanawasa wished he had married her, charging that whether or not he had made such a wish, it was irrelevant to the allegations of adultery.
The respondent denied allegations by Okpara that she hosted a party for Simwiinga claiming that it was a lunch time event at her sister’s house with not more that five adult members in attendance and that he has never been her sexual partner as the relationship had always been plutonic.
Mulenga confirmed receiving a gift from a friend but that upon unwrapped it, she discovered that it was lingerie and she disposed it off.
She further cited unreasonable behaviour by the ptitioner as the reason for the pair’ separation.
Mulenga claimed that Okpara instituted a witch-hunt against her after she left the matrimonial home as he paid pastors to rummage around the house in search of charms.
She accused Okpara of harassing her and her friends which reached to an extent of resorting to extorting her colleagues.
The respondent said Okpara had purchased a firearm and had threatened to use it against her
“The petitioner has hacked the respondent’s phone for purposes of spying on her activities and has a habit of circulating the respondent’s conversations between her friends and her relatives which he illegally records,” Mulenga contended.
She added that Okpara had sent her disparaging, abusive and demeaning text messages and she was afflicted.
She consented to divorcing her husband and is now praying for an order for dissolution of marriage on accounts of the petitioner’s unreasonable behaviour.
She wants an order that the petitioner pays maintenance pending determination of the matter and she b granted full custody of the children of the family with reasonable access granted to Okpara.
Mulenga also wants property settlement and costs.