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Cousins don’t make dozens, court hears

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A KITWE man has refused to marry his ‘wayward’ fiancée of one year because she is his cousin. Narrating his ordeal to the Kabushi local court, Gift Kyumisha said he met Maidess Katanda at their uncle’s funeral and the two exchanged mobile phone numbers; thus begun their relationship. This was in a matter in which Kyumisha was sued by Katanda for breach of marriage contract. But Katanda told the court that Kyumisha coerced her into dumping her then fiancé describing him as a time waster.

Kyumisha told the court that from the on-set of their relationship, Katanda started forcing herself on him. He said that she once entered the bedroom he was sharing with his young brother and forced him to make love to her. “Your honor, this girl is rude and insolent towards me. And even if she was not my cousin I would not have married her because of her behaviour,” Kyumisha said. He said Katanda has three children fathered by different men and was also in the habit of frequenting bars.

In her statement, Katanda said the two met in 2009 and started a relationship after she was made to dump her fiancé. “I dumped my fiancé and moved in with him (Kyumisha) in Kitwe. He assured me that he was going to start with the marriage formalities as he had already informed his family about us,” she said.

She said that unfortunately, his family discouraged him and stopped him from marrying her. Katanda said his family also asked her to leave him alone.

Passing judgment, senior presiding magistrate Agness Mulenga sitting with senior magistrate Celestine Muchimba ordered Kyumisha to compensate Katanda K1milion in monthly installments of K150,000.

The court also observed that there was no love between the two adding that if there was, the two, would have gotten married because tradition permits such unions as they were not brother and sister.

(Source: Sunday Mail of Zambia)

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