Mother-in-law dragged to court
Mongu, 28 November, 2014, ZANIS—A-36-year- old-business Woman of Imwiko compound in Mongu district of Western Province has sued her mother in –law for property grabbing.
Chilefwe Muyombo, 36, told the court that after the death of her husband Mwala Mubiana on the 19th of September 2014 all the household properties were taken away by her in-law.
Muyombo noted that her husband had left three Fridges, two TV Sets, two DVDs, one Kitchen Display Unit and a Home theatre , beddings and K9,770 cash.
But when her in –law Elizabeth Mubiana who was asked by the court why she took the said properties without the recognizance of her daughter in-law noted that Muyombo did not take care of the husband when he fell sick and was not legally married to her son.
Ms. Mubiana noted in the cross examination that her son had no child with her describing her daughter in –Law as a concubine who was not entitled to any property of her son.
In the counteraction, the Plaintiff said that the allegation was baseless and unfounded because she was legally married to her husband and had stayed in a matrimonial home for three year and three months before the demise of her husband.
However, Magistrate Julius Malata was disturbed by the development stating that the stance taken was illegal adding that Cap 59 Chapter87 of the Laws of Zambia provided for the Protection of the Widow and Children to the late.
Mr. Malata has since ordered the accused to choose an administrator and bring back the grabbed properties which should be kept at court until the case is disposed of.
And Magistrate Malata has set 15th January 2015 for further court proceedings and hearing upon receiving submission of a report of the surrendered properties to court to help solve the problem.