TWO men bearing the same surname stunned the Chelstone Local Court when they both claimed paternity of a child born a woman of Lusaka.
This came to light in a case in which Edward Mwila, 42, of Mtendere Township sued Mulenga Mwila, 34, also of the same Township for adultery.
Edward Mwila married Yvonne Mwila in 2000 and has three children with her.
Mulenga, a Zambia Air Force employee admitted having a child with his lover, Yvonne.
Mulenga said Yvonne told him that the child they have was his but she later changed, saying it was Edward’s.
“I met Yvonne at a bar in 2013 and she told me that she was not married before she conceived. I just used to hear rumours that she was a married woman,” he said.
The matter was presided over by magistrates Hope Mwila and Bertha Zulu.
But Edward said Yvonne told a family gathering that the child was his.
Edward told the court that he used to hear rumors about his wife’s infidelity not until he caught her walking hand-in-hand with Mulenga.
He said in his submission that he wants Mulenga to compensate him for committing adultery with Yvonne.
But Yvonne, 34, told the court that she was not legally married to Edward, adding that the two were co-habiting.
“I met Mulenga while on separation. Mulenga who is my boyfriend didn’t even know that I was married,” she said.
She also said Edward is the father of her child.
“I admit I had sex with both of them on the same day,” she said.
Passing judgment, the court ordered the duo to go for a DNA test once the child reaches six months to ascertain who the biological father is.
The court also ordered Mulenga to compensate Edward with K15,000 for committing adultery.