A FORTY-THREE-year-old man has been awarded K1,000 in compensation by a local court in Lusaka after he was wrongly accused of going out with someone’s wife.
Fanywell Banda of Chaisa township was violently dragged out of his office recently by Mabvuto Tembo who accused him of flirting with his (Tembo’s) wife.
The local court heard that Banda was then presented to Tembo’s wife. Tembo boasted before his wife and a crowd of people that had gathered to witness the showdown that he had finally managed to fish out his wife’s boyfriend.
Banda told the court that it was the first time that he was meeting Tembo and was shocked to hear about the accusations because he did not know about his wife.
“When I arrived at his (Tembo’s) house, he called his wife and told her that he had found the man whom she was making love with,” he said.
“Unfortunately the woman told her husband that she had never met me before. It was equally the first time I was seeing her but I was not given time to say anything although after his wife refused I was set free.”
Banda, however, told the court that he had been suspended from work because of the confusion that was created when Tembo went to pick him.
In his defence, Tembo admitted that he had picked a wrong Banda because he did not realise that there were more than one Banda at the complainant’s workplace.
Tembo said his neighbour, who informed him about his wife’s infidelity, just told him that I look for Banda at the working place.
“But I didn’t know that there were many Bandas, and I rregret my action, I am really sorry because I mistook him with another Banda who is having an affair with my wife,” he said.
But magistrate Lewis Mumba sitting with Petronella Kalyelye said it was not in order for Tembo to harass Banda without proper evidence that he was having a love affair with his wife.
The court warned Tembo against repeating such behaviour and ordered to compensate Banda with K1,000 for defaming Banda’s character.
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