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WIFE SAVES HUBBY

WIFE SAVES HUBBY

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THE Kasama Magistrates’ Court has discharged a-32- year-old man who was fac- ing assault, after his wife applied for the withdraw- al of the matter before the court.

This was the case in which Emmanuel Chitemb, unemployed of Kasama’s Newton area was charged with assault for allegedly beating his wife Margaret Chilopa 33, a senior cashier at Zambia Electricity Sup- ply Cooperation or ZESCO in Kasama on August 14, 2021.

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When the matter came up for plea on Thursday, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charge of allegedly assaulting his wife follow- ing a marital dispute on the material day.

However, when Nation- al Prosecutions Authority ( NPA) public prosecutor Christian Bwalya called the complainant in the matter to start the trial, she said she had forgiven the ac- cused and that all she need- ed was to be on separation with him.

But Principal Resident Magistrate Osward Chibalo said his role was to grant the application of withdraw- ing the matter and that he was not duty bound to grant marriage separation and advised the couple to seek counselling from marriage counselors

By STEPHEN MWEWA

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