A LOCAL Court in Lusaka has ordered a 32-year-old woman to pay K3,000 as compensation for insulting her lover’s wife.
Senior Court Magistrate Sarah Nyendwa sitting at Chawama Local Court ordered Judith Mwaima of Shantumbu village to compensate Elizabeth Shamuchaka, 32, of the same village for insults.
However, Mwaima denied insulting Shamuchaka.
Shamuchaka told the Court that last month as she proceeded to see the village headman with her friends, Mwaima appeared and said it was her she wanted.
She explained that Mwaima insulted her and said that whether she (Shamuskaka) liked it or not she will have a child with Shamuchaka’s husband.
Shamuchaka said that her witnesses did not come to court because Mwaima threatened them with death if they did so.
In cross-examination, Shamuchaka said that she did not follow Mwaima to her house but was just passing by when she met her.
In defence, Mwaima said that Shamuchaka followed her to her house and insulted her.
Asked by Shamuchaka if she doesn’t flirt with her husband, Mwaima answered in affirmative and said that the man has impregnated her.
Passing judgment, Magistrate Nyendwa said that it was evident Mwaima insulted Shamuchaka because of the way she talks .
She said that Mwaima even boasted in court that she is flirting with Shamuchaka’s husband and that she threatened her witnesses.
Magistrate Nyendwa wondered why women are fond of insulting each other and ordered Mwaima to pay Shamuchaka K3,000 in monthly installments of K300.