THE Matero Local Court on Thursday dismissed a case where former Chipolopolo star John Mabiza sued a friend for allegedly claiming paternity of his 14-year-old son.
Mabiza, a chief inspector in the Zambia Police, alleged that fellow police officer Greenwell Mumba, 43 tarnished his image by telling people that the former’s child was his.
Mabiza, 37 accused Mumba of causing confusion in his family following the claims.
He told the court that he recently received a phone call from Mumba, who claimed that a certain woman had informed him about a child he had with her some years back.
But Mumba, in his statement, denied ever claiming paternity of Mabiza’s son, saying it was his ex-girlfriend who alleged that he had fathered the child.
The two, who reside in Matero Police Camp, caused laughter in court when Mabiza said Mumba was a troublemaker, who was beaten for adultery on the national day of prayer and fasting last weekend.
“This guy is my friend, he is my junior at work but we are friends, we even drink together except he causes confusion everywhere. Just last weekend during the prayer and fasting when people were busy praying, he was clobbered because he was caught with somebody’s wife,” Mabiza said.
But in response, Mumba, who admitted being beaten by a mob, said the woman involved was his girlfriend and not somebody’s wife.
Asked if he had an affair with Mabiza’s first wife, who is deceased, Mumba said he never knew her.
Mabiza submitted that he wanted Mumba to compensate him for denting his image, adding that he was ready to undergo a DNA test in order to prove paternity.
Passing judgment, senior magistrates Pauline Newa and Lewis Mumba dismissed the case and advised Mabiza to sue for defamation instead.