Lover dragged to court over pregnancy

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A 25-YEAR-OLD man of Lusaka’s George Township, who has allegedly refused to buy clothes for his unborn baby after his girlfriend failed to terminate the pregnancy, has been taken to court.
This was in a case where Elita Banda, a 21-year-old woman of Matero Township, accused Emmanuel Liman of Lusaka’s Gorge Township of refusing to take responsibility of the pregnancy when he caused it.
Facts before the court were that Banda and Liman had been enjoying a good love affair since 2012 but when Banda became pregnant, Liman refused to accept the responsibility and urged Banda to terminate it.
She told the court that she was so scared to abort, hence she decided to keep the pregnancy against the will of Liman who later denied responsibility.
“I thought he was joking when he told me that he never wanted me and that he would not buy anything for the baby but now the pregnancy is nine months and he has not bought anything. I realise that he meant every word he said,” she said.
In his defence, Liman told the court that he was not responsible for the pregnancy that Banda was carrying, adding that he never had sexual relations with Banda.
“Many times Banda wanted to have sex with me but I used to refused because I was not in love with her,” he said.
But local court magistrate Gaston Kalala, sitting with Petronella Kalyelye, ordered Liman to buy everything for the baby as soon as possible and go for a DNA test six months after the child was born if he was sure that it (the child) was not his.
The court told Liman that Banda was not mad to point at him if he had never had sex with her, when there were other men who were even better than him.

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