MARY PHIRI writes
A 30-year-old man of Mushili Township has been ordered to pay K8000 as compensation for damages of virginity of a 23-year-old girl.
In this matter, Chola Mambwe 54, a resident of Kabushi Township sued Obed Banda for compensation for damages of virginity of his daughter.
Mr Mambwe told the Kabushi Local Court that Banda impregnated his daughter in 2017 and accepted responsibility.
“We summoned him and he accepted, after the child was born we charged him K8000 because he accepted to marry our daughter,” Mr Mambwe said.
He said that Banda has not paid any amount and had not communicated to explain why he was delaying to pay the money.
But in defence, Banda told the court that he had not refused to pay the money but currently he was facing challenges in finding the money.
“I lost my job, so currently I am not working, that’s why I have failed to pay the money. But as soon as I start working, I will pay the money and also marry the girl,” Banda said.
In passing judgment, presiding magistrate Mildred Namwizye sitting with Evelyn Nalwizya ordered Banda to pay K8000 without fail, with the first instalment being K500 followed K300 every month.