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.
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