FOUR days after his traditional wedding, a Rufunsa man deserted his matrimonial home upon discovering that his wife was once married to his uncle.
This is in a case in which Dainess Ngumbo, 38, sued Jonathan Musole, 27, of Sema village for abandoning her daughter Catherine Ngumbo. Ngumbo was seeking compensation for breach of marriage contract.
Ngumbo told the Rufunsa Senior Presiding Magistrate, Phil Phiri that last month her daughter Catherine went to draw water but never returned.
She said she later learnt that she had been picked by Musole. Catherine only retuned home the following day, “though I told her to go back where she had spent the night”.
“After few days, Musole sent people to go and ask for a hand in marriage from Catherine which I refused at first because Musole’s marital status was not well-known. I was not also for the idea that Catherine gets married because she was young but Musole insisted and later paid dowry of K20,” he said.
She said Musole was charged lobola of K1,500 and only paid K150 and insisted that the marriage ceremony takes place.
Ngumbo said after a few days of being married, Ngumbo sent marriage counsellors to check on Catherine only to find that she had been deserted.
When Catherine was asked what happened, she said her husband left home four days after their marriage after receiving a call from his ex-wife that their child was not well.
She said Musole never returned. Catherine only received a message that their marriage was over because he discovered that she was once married to his uncle.
Musole admitted that he abandoned Catherine after he discovered that she was once married to his uncle.
He said it was a taboo to marry who was once married to his uncle.
Passing judgement the court ordered Musole to compensate both Ngumbo and her daughter Catherine K2,500 with a monthly instalment of K200.