A 25-YEAR-OLD man who admitted eloping with two sisters from the same family has been ordered to pay K9,000 by a Lusaka Local Court as compensation.
Mathew Zomba, 25, a farmer of Shantumbu Village admitted before Senior Court Magistrate Sarah Nyendwa sitting at Chawama Local Court that eloped with the daughter of Godfrey Chikoka, 59, and later went for the daughter of his (Chikoka’s) twin brother.
Chikoka told the court that on January 26, 2012 the young sister of Zomba got his daughter at 17.oo hours and later after a search found her with Zomba who immediately ran away upon seeing him.
He explained that he got his daughter back and the following day took Zomba to Police where they were told to settle the matter at home.
Chikoka said that he charged Zomba K8,000 but has failed pay.
He further stated that while he was waiting for Zomba to pay the money he was surprised to learn that Zomba had eloped with his twin brother‘s daughter.
“I decided to sue Zomba because when they differed with my twin brother’s daughter he eloped with my daughter again for three days. I took him to Police but we were told to take the matter to court,” said Chikoka.
In defence Zomba said that he did not pay Chikoka because his daughter told him to start paying when they get married.
He explained that he wanted polygamous marriage because at the moment he is staying with the daughter of Chikoka‘s twin brother.
Chikoka’s daughter, Regina, 20, said Zomba took her away in 2012. She later went back to her parents. Zomba eloped with her again and kept her at his house for three days, adding that time they were making love she was at Zomba’s house.
In submission, Chikoka said that he is not in good terms with his twin brother because of Zomba and that he walks with head down in the village due to the incident.
He said that he wanted compensation because he does not know if his daughter is pregnant.
Passing judgment, Magistrate Nyendwa ordered Zomba to compensate Chikoka K9,000 by monthly installments of K500.