A 45-year-old woman of Garden House compound who called her neighbour ‘barren woman’ has been ordered to pay K3,000 by a Local Court as compensation for the insults.
Senior Court Magistrate Ackim Phiri sitting with Magistrates Daniel Phiri and Nga’ndu Mukuka at Kanyama Local Court ordered Nanji Sakala to compensate Mwangala Simasiku ,41, of the same compound for insulting her.
Simasiku explained that on March 12,2 Sakala insulted her over the grass fence she (Sakala) covered to prevent her dogs going to Simasiku’s home
She said that when she asked about the stone she removed on the fence, Sakala told her that she is barren woman and that her husband was impotent.
“Sakala said that I wanted her husband to sleep with me so that I can produce children. The church couldn’t resolve the matter because Sakala goes to another church.
“On March 16, his son threw bottles on top of our roof, I can’t freely leave my home because Sakala insults me, ” said Simasiku.
In cross-examination, Simasiku said that she went to Sakala to ask for help to conceive but not to announce to the public.
Sakala’s witness, Patson Katebe,48,who is her husband said that on a Youth Day when he arrived home he found a commotion at his house and that Sakala’s son told him that dagda has ruined him and that he is impotent.
In defense, Sakala said that she insulted Simasiku because she also insulted her.
She told the court that Simasiku told her that she is a prostitute including her children. Sakala said she was angered when Simasiku told her to tell her dogs to stop coming to her house when she (Simasiku) asked who removed the stone her husband put to prevent Sakala’s dogs .
” I told Simasiku that I can not stay with a man who is impotent. When I told Simasiku’s husband that I took the matter to church he told me that I am a prostitute, ” said Sakala.
Asked by the court why she did not keep her neighour’s request a secret, Sakala said that she made it puiblic because Simasiku insulted her.
In submission, Simasiku said that she wants Sakala to stop insulting her.
Sakala said that Simasiku should know how to stay with people because she has not been talking to neighbors for many years.
Passing judgment, Magistrate Phiri said that Sakala was wrong because Simasiku told her a secrete but she made it publici. He said that it was evident that Sakala insulted Simasiku and ordered her to compwensate her neighbour by monthly installments of K250.