THE Kabushi local court has heard how a married man abandoned his wife in preference for her best friend.
Agness Namukonda, 22, told the court that Helen Mumba was her best friend who was as good as her sister.
Namukonda said Mumba used to baby- sit her child and both used to have meals together on a number of occasions.
She said her husband hated Mumba and always discouraged her from being friends for fear that she was going to instill bad behaviour to her.
Namukonda said the problem with Mumba started when her husband divorced her and started an affair with her friend.
“I am surprised that my former husband decided to marry my best friend because he was always against our friendship,” Namukonda said.
She wondered why Mumba decided to sue her for insults and defamation when she was the one who was in the wrong.
Mumba told the court that she decided to take Namukonda to court because she insulted and defamed her in many ways.
Mumba did not mention that she was married to the defendant’s ex-husband.
But during cross-examination the court discovered that the two women were actually best friends and the rivalry started after the defendant’s marital disputes.
In passing judgment, senior local court presiding magistrate Sarah Bwalya, sitting with senior local magistrates Besa Mushibwe and Mildred Namwizye, dismissed the case.
Ms Bwalya said that Mumba was wrong because she knew too well that her husband used to be her best friend’s husband.
The court told the two women to live in harmony for the next five years.
By MUNAMBEZA MUWANEI – Times