Lusaka woman to spend three months in jail after stabbing husband


A 28-year-old woman of Lusaka’s Chibolya Compound who stabbed her husband after he cautioned her over leaving their two under-five children to care for themselves while she embarked on a drinking spree has been sentenced to three months in imprisonment.

Lusaka Magistrate, Mutinta Mwenya, on Monday, sentenced Esther Chongo, who readily pleaded guilty to unlawfully wounding her husband, Auditor Nzala.

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Facts of the matter are that on December 14, 2023, when Nzala returned home at around 18:00 hours, he
only found their two children with the youngest, aged one-year and five months, all alone.

He went to his two inlaws where he had left the kids to search for his wife, but could not find her.

When Nzala returned home, he found the wife had returned and was extremely drunk.

When he asked why she left the children alone and being drunk, Chongo became angry, picked a bottle of castle, broke it on the ground and stabbed the husband with a broken piece she was holding.

She reportedly stabbed him three times and injured his lip and the eye, then ran away.

Nzala reported the matter to Chibolya Police Station which later apprehended and detained Chongo.

Chongo, however, pleaded with the court for mercy because her children were still young and would suffer if given a long sentence.

Judge Mwenya exercised leniency but reprimanded the accused saying she could have killed her husband.

She advised Chongo to put her life in order and her beer addiction.

“There are consequences to your actions in life. You knew you had children and an elderly mother but that did not stop you from doing what you did. I will excercise lenience and sentence you to three months, December 15, 2023. Think about your life and the issue of alcohol abuse,” she ruled.

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