BUSINESSMAN Francis Muchemwa, popularly, Commander II is on the verge of being single as his wife, who is tired of his alleged violent behavior, has asked the court to end their 10-year marriage.
Totiwe Tembo had told the Lusaka High Court that she cannot stand Mr Muchemwa’s unreasonable behaviour which includes threats to kill her and also accuses her of being a prostitute.
She says his spouse has not only treated to kill her but also adds that he will thereafter commit suicide too.
“He has been issuing murder threats stating that he will later commit suicide as he has nothing to lose,” Ms Tembo.
She submits that because of this behavior, she left the matrimonial home May last year and now stays in Woodlands.
Ms Tembo says in the divorce petition that the Lusaka High Court should grant her divorce and allow her keep the couple’s two children
The document indicates that the couple got married on January 12, 2013 and lived together in Silverest at her husband’s house.
Ms Tembo, a customer service representative at Zesco submits that the couple has two children while Mr Muchemwa has two other children aged 15 and 14.
She however submits that the couple’s marriage has irretrievably broken down because of her husband’s unreasonable behaviour.
“The petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to reconcile with the respondent, and further continue be in marriage with the respondent,” the document reads.
Ms Tembo says her husband has been abusive to her and calls her belittling names such as prostitute.
The man reporter blames, and criticizes everything the petitioner does to the extent of controlling her even on her normal duties as the woman of the house such as domestic chores
Ms Tembo, who had once been suicidal and sort counselling, says the defendant has been verbally and mentally torturing her.
“The home environment has been toxic which has created constant feelings of internal unease and anxiety on the petitioner which at some point made her start having suicidal thoughts until,” she submits.
Mr Muchemwa has been accused of lacking respect, love and affection towards his wife as he has allegedly been shouting and ridiculing her in the presence of relatives.
Not too long ago, the couple had a marital dispute at their then matrimonial home, Mr Muchemwa verbally abused and beat up the petitioner in front of her elder brother and domestic workers.
Ms Tembo say the ordeal left her in pain and she felt embarrassed and disgraced, although she did not report the incident to the police.
She submits that last month, July 15, the defendant followed her to her house and beat her up after an altercation despite having secretly move to the location for fear of being traced by the violent man.
Ms Tembo says her husband’s behaviour affects the petitioner negatively and it’s proving to be dangerous to her general welfare.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 16th August, 2023)
President Hichilema to continue living at Community House, as Concourt dismisses petition against his stay at the private house
THE Constitutional Court has dismissed for lack of a merit Patriots for Economic Progress president Sean Tembo’s petition challenging President Hakainde Hichilema’s continued stay at his private house instead of shifting to State House.
This means that the President will continue staying at his private Community House in New Ksama.
Passing judgment, Constitutional Court deputy judge president Arnold Shilimi said the court found Mr Tembo’s petition to have lacked merit because the constitution does not compel the President to move to Nkwazi House.
Further, the judge said the court found that Mr Tembo’s plea for the court to declare an order compelling the President to shift to State House is not tenable considering that no law that obliges the Head of State to reside at State House.
“We find that in the absence of any Constitutional provision or any other law that compels the President to reside at State House,and in light of the Respondent’s[Attorney General] submission on the dilapidated state of Nkwazi House requiring high cost of renovations.
“The alleged constitutional breaches relating to the President’s alleged refusal to shift to State House lacks merit and is misconceived,” Judge Shilima said on behalf of other judges who heard the case.
“We find that the alleged breach relating to the right to life is improperly before this court for want of jurisdiction over part iii of the constitution,” he added.
The court consequently dismissed the petition for lack of merit.
In this matter, Mr Tembo petitioned the Constitutional Court over President Hichilema’s refusal to relocate to State House since he was elected in August, 2021.
The politician had submitted that the President was spending huge sums of money through his trips from Community House to State House on a daily basis and putting at risk the safety of many Zambians on the route he is using to access his house.
He further argued that the huge sums of money which was being used on a daily basis, about K126 million per year, could be channeled to other areas of need such as procurement of drugs in hospitals and books for readers in schools.
However, in reply, the State, through Attorney General Mulilo Kabesha, argued that the petition lacked merit because Mr Tembo did not cite the particular article or law which mandates the president actually reside at State House.
He also argued that accommodation of the past Presidents at State House was only a matter of practice or custom and not law.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 9th December, 2023)
Masturbation comment invites Sean Tembo to court
PATRIOTS for Economic Progress president Sean Tembo has pleaded not guilty to using insulting language when he compared the intervention to sale cheaper ZNS mealie meal in the wake of escalating prices of the commodity prices to masturbation.
The outspoken businessman has been charged with use of insulting language which he allegedly uttered on October 17 this year, the eve of National Day of Prayer, Fasting, Repentance and Reconciliation.
Allegations are that on the material day, the accused said “Bally is selling a few bags of ZNS mealie meal using Shoprite, hoping to create a perception of low price is equal to masturbation”.
The sentiments are alleged to likely provoke Abel Mashowo, who reported the case, to break the law or commit any offence against Tembo.
When the case was called today, a magistrate readout the charged and asked the accused whether he understood it.
In response, Mr Tembo responded in the affirmative and pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The court adjourned the case was adjourned to next month for commencement of trial.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 8th December, 2023)
DPP wants more punishment for CK
THE State, through the Director of Public Prosecutions, Gilbert Phiri, has filed a notice to appeal against the five months sentence imposed of Chishimba Kambwili after he was found guilty of promoting hate speech by uttering tribal remarks.
On Thursday, Mr Kambwili, a Patriotic Front member of the central committee, was sentenced to five months imprisonment with hard labour.
This was after the Kasama Magistrate’s Court found him guilty of the offence of expressing or showing hatred, ridicule, or contempt for persons because of tribe or place of origin.
After being hailed, the politician appealed against the verdict and was later released on bail pending hearing of his appeal against the sentence.
But the DPP has filed a cross appeal seeking to challenge the five months jail term imposed on the outspoken former Roan MP.
Mr Phiri feels the sentence was too lenient and that when his application is being heard, he wants to be present in court..
“I, the above named appellant(DPP) , hereby give notice that I desire to appeal to the High Court against the sentence of the accused person.
I desire to be present when the court considers the appeal,” the notice of appeal, which has been circulated online, reads in part.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 7th December, 2023)