A MAN of Lusaka narrated in the local court he decided to impregnate his girlfriend after his wife terminated her pregnancy.
Paul Tembo, 34, of Kabanana Site and Service was testifying in a case in which his wife, Charity Zulu, 29, sued him for divorce.
The two got married in 2003 and have three children and dowry was paid.
Zulu told Senior Court Magistrate Lewis Mumba sitting with Magistrate Pauline Newa at Matero Local Court that all was well until 2006 when Tembo impregnated another woman.
She explained that in 2008 Tembo brought a friend of his sister in the matrimonial house when she went for a visit to Livingstone and stayed with her for four days.
Zulu said that in 2009 Tembo chased her and went into a steamy relationship with another girlfriend who was sponsoring at Matero Girls Secondary School.
“At one time Tembo put a knife and a hammer under the pillow. Tembo beat me when I talked about his girlfriend and I reported him to Emmasedale police station,” said Zulu.
She said in November 2013 Tembo found a girlfriend on the Copperbelt who is the nurse by profession. She has the nurses’s picture with her.
Zulu produced a receipt for electricity units for K150 bearing a name of Faith Bunonge and her portrait in court.
She said Tembo leaves home for weeks and she does not know who shaves him pubic hair.
She explained that Tembo told her that he will kill her if she continues to stay with him.
Zulu said that they have not made love for three months and that he only made love to her when they were coming to court. In cross-examination, Zulu said that they fight because his girlfriend phones him at awkward times when they are sleeping.
Asked by the court how many girlfriends Tembo had, Zulu said that she knew four.
In defence, Tembo said that in 2006 Zulu aborted her pregnancy without telling him and that was when he impregnated his girlfriend.
“It is true I put a hammer under the pillow for protection because Zulu brought a sharp object in the bedroom, saying he wanted to kill somebody and we fought. She also wanted to pour me hot water on me.
“When Zulu started work she became boastful and said she could survive on her own. She lied that I make calls to girlfriends at night. It is during the free minutes from Zamtel I call friends,” he said.
He said he was an administrator over the property of his late relative on the Copperblet and had no intention of marrying the mentioned nurse who was only his friend on facebook.
In submission, Zulu said that she loves Tembo because they have children together and that if he can change his behaviour they can stay together but Tembo said that he did not love her.
Passing judgment, Magistrate Mumba said that there was a lot of demanizing actions and a lack of trust. He said that there is a lot of violence and no love in couple’s marriage.
He granted them divorce, ordering Tembo to compensate Zulu with K12,000 with initial payment of K1,000 followed by monthly installments of K500 and to be paying child maintenance of K200. Property acquired together to be shared equally.

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