Mother-in-law in soup over interference


A TWENTY-THREE-YEAR-OLD woman of Ndola has sued her mother-in-law for marriage interference after she allegedly asked her son to divorce her.
Petronella Mwewa sued Veronica Mufu, 51, of Pamodzi Township after she allegedly declared that the marriage between the couple had ended.
Mwewa told Ndola Local Magistrates Sarah Bwalya, Dismas Katampi and Rosemary Muke that she was currently living alone because her mother-in-law had taken away her husband.
“This woman does not want us to be together. She has been coming to our house to say she had put a barrier on our marriage and that we are not going anywhere with this marriage,” she told the court.
“Later, my husband moved to his mother’s house after I had an argument with him concerning his promiscuity.”

She pleaded with the court to ask her in-law to immediately release her husband who was also in court so that they could reunite.
However, Mufu denied interfering with the marriage of her son saying she did not know what was happening in the couple’s marriage.
Mufu, who admitted that she was currently staying with her son, told the court that she did not know why he had deserted his matrimonial house to stay with her.
She told the court that she had not interfered in her son’s marriage in anyway although she noted that she could not force him to go back and reunite with Mwewa.
“I cannot force him to go back to his wife’s house. It’s is up to him to go back. My daughter-in-law has been coming to my house to insult me and ask me to release her husband,” she said.
The court however, adjourned the case and ordered the complainant to either sue for reconciliation or divorce.

Times of Zambia