ZED farmer Maria Zaloumis will not discuss her divorce process with her estranged husband until it is resolved in court.
Yesterday, Mwebantu reported that Ms Zaloumis filed for divorce in the Lusaka High Court on grounds that her husband threatened to kill her and accused her of commiting adultery.
Ms Zaloumis prayed that her two-year-old marriage to Apollinaris Mwelwa be dissolved because throughout the course of their marriage, her husband has physically, verbally and emotionally abused her which caused her great distress.
And in her Facebook posting this morning on Zed Farmer, Ms Zaloumis said she will not be available to discuss any matters relating to the case as it is in court and will only issue a statement once all proceedings and a ruling have been concluded.
“I shall not retaliate nor dignify any comments or speculations regarding this matter. I am aware that I have been labelled as bipolar by sections of social media, this is untrue. It is in public domain that I have and do suffer from bouts of depression for which I medicate when necessary – though I haven’t done so for the last three months as at this statement,” she said.
Ms Zaloumis further said discussing and using mental health challenges as a weapon to ridicule her is unfortunate and displays the levels of stigmatisation by society.
“To all who follow my work (Zed Farmer), please take this as my heartfelt appeal and statement and ask that you ignore what you hear and read for now. I assure you that the truth will come out eventually,” she said.
Ms Zaloumis has also asked the public to respect her privacy and allow her to go through the process in the most amicable way possible.
“Please do not be the custodian and instrument used to spread falsehoods and evil about me. I know I can count on you to help me.To those hell bent on denting and tarnishing my reputation, I can only ask that you be kind enough to remember that these situations happen to the best of us, and today it is I who is going through this, tomorrow it may be yourself or your loved one. Please take a moment to reflect before spreading these false stories or mocking me,” she said.
‘I personally know Bowman Lusambo’, says a Lusaka High Court judge as he recuses himself in paternity case
LUSAKA High Court judge Wilfred Muma has recused himself from handling a case in which Bowman Lusambo has sued a Ndola woman over the paternity of her four children.
Lusambo sued Mercy Matongo Cowham who accused him of fathering her four children.
Lusambo applied that the court orders that a Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) test be conducted on the children to ascertain their paternity.
Mercy wants the court to order Lusambo to be maintaining the children with K5,000 for food, K3,500 groceries, rental K5,000, water bills K200, electricity K200 which comes to K13,900 per month plus K7,000 every six month for the children’s clothing.
The judge who was assigned to preside over the case has recused himself because he personally knows Lusambo.
And judge Muma has also recused himself from handling another matter involving Lusambo where he was sued by Zamtel over a house in Ndola.
(Mwebantu, Friday, January 21st, 2022)
Five Sentenced to Five Years for Bushmeat in Mumbwa
The Subordinate Court in Mumbwa has sentenced five men to five years imprisonment with hard labour after they pled guilty to illegal possession of 88kg of bushmeat poached from Blue Lagoon national park in Kafue District.
On 10 January 2022, officers from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife apprehended five suspects namely, Wanton Mweete, 37, Kelvin Ndongo ,37, Phineas Chilala, 42, Jackson Munkuli, 41 and Festus Lwano, 36, who were found with 88kg of fresh Kafue lechwe meat and two shotguns inside the Blue Lagoon national park.
The five suspects, all from Chief Mwanachingwala’s area, were charged with one count of unlawful possession of protected animal (Kafue Lechwe), contrary section 130 (1) of the Zambia Wildlife Act No. 14 of 2015
When the matter came up, they all pled guilty to the charge and were sentenced to five years imprisonment with hard labour.
The Kafue lechwe is endemic to Zambia, meaning it cannot be found anywhere else in the world. As such, Kafue lechwe attract many tourists to visit the national parks they occur in. However, targeted poaching of this species for bushmeat has reduced its population at an alarming rate. At one point Zambia had a population of more than 250,000 Kafue lechwe. Sadly, the population now stands at below 25 000.
Kitwe man claims he is the father of one of Mercy Cowham’s children
A -28- year old man of Kitwe is seeking to be joined in the paternity claim involving Mercy Colham and Kabushi Member of Parliament Bowman Lusambo.
Luckson Nyawali is alleging that he is the father of Chipego, the first child Mercy claims was fathered by Mr Lusambo.
Mr Nyawali, a mineral analyst based in Kitwe says he is also ready to undergo a DNA test and will be applying to the courts to compel Mercy to also release Chipego’s DNA samples for analysis.
He said he has decided to speak now after Mercy’s allegation on social media.
Mr Nyawali narrated that he met Mercy in 2013 in Chipata when they both attended Grade 12 Extra Tuitions at Hillside Basic School.
He said Mercy fell pregnant in 2014 and they agreed to start cohabiting until she left for Luanshya a few months later and delivered a baby girl at Roan Mine Hospital in Luanshya.
Nyawali added that the baby was named Chipego by a Mr Musange who is Mercy’s brother in law who kept her in Luanshya.
He says he has not seen Chipego since 2017 when Mercy last brought her to Chipata and is now demanding custody of the child.