A born-again woman has told a local court that her husband chains her hands and legs on suspicion that she is mentally deranged because of her way of praying which involves “speaking in tongues” and on top of her voice.

Ruth Chavula, who is an ardent member of Living Water Pentecostal Church in Kawama Township in Kitwe, said her husband accuses her of being insane because of the way she prays.

She said this in a case in which her husband, Martifel Nyasulu, sued her for divorce. Both are Kawama Township residents.

“My lord, my husband usually chains both my hands and my legs when I pray in tongues and on top of my voice. He suspects that I am insane because of the way I pray. This is wrong and unfair because I am not mad,” she said.

Chavula told the Buchi local court number two senior presiding magistrate, Maketo Likomba, who was sitting with senior presiding magistrate Godwin Lundu, that she has never had sex with her husband for two years because he has deserted her.

She said her husband does not support her and that it is not true that she has a boyfriend as alleged by her husband.

Chavula, who refused to give her statement until the court started re-examining her, said one day her neighbours locked her in a house with a man who wanted to start renting their house and that they phoned her husband, who found the two inside the house.

“We have two houses in Kawama Township. One of the houses fell vacant and I went with a certain man who wanted to look at it because he wanted to start renting it, but while we were inside viewing the house, some of our neighbours locked us from outside and phoned my husband, who came and found us inside with the man and he started accusing me of being unfaithful to him,” she said.

The two got married in 1998 and have four children. They got married through customary marriage and they do not have a marriage certificate.

In his statement, Nyasulu said they lived in harmony for three years and that problems started when they had their first child.

He accused Chavula of being adulterous. He said that at one time around 19:30 hours he found her sitting on the laps of a man and that the two were holding each other passionately.

“When I wanted to chase the man and to remove her from the man’s laps, my wife got upset with me and hit me in the back with a big log. In the ensuing confusion the man escaped,” he said.

Nyasulu said his children told him that there was a man who was visiting his wife each time he was not at home.

“My wife spends nights away from home without telling me. She has threatened to kill herself and sometimes she would pack her household goods and go to her relatives. When I call for a meeting with her relatives to iron out the differences, her people don’t come,” he said.

Nyasulu also said that on another occasion he found her in the house with a man whose identity she has refused to disclose.

The court adjourned the matter and directed that Chavula’s pastor goes to the court and confirm whether she is mentally challenged.
[ Zambia Daily mail ]

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  1. Good information for law students in local courts, but not worth news for the public domain

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  2. Could be true she’s not normal, most Pentes lose their minds the more they manufacture languages. Especially folks that lock themselves In for hours and hours just praying the same pray or mumbling same cooked up words, it doesn’t take them very long to get insane. The God I know hears even l whisper a prayer, l don’t need to shout for him to hear or understand.

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  3. Aawe Zed nichani, God please come quickly otherwise it seems no one will be saved, DRAMA LYONSE, hilarious indeed, i wish i attended this session as a judge!! my judgement would definately be laughter only.

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  4. But coming to think about it these chaps who call themselves born again or is it against are the worst hypocrites, God will surely punish a number of them. They seem to have a propensity of doing evil under the pretence of Godliness. Mwanya bafikala. Man do away with that harlot and get yoself sum whore around.

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  5. i do not see the relevance of the learned court requesting a pastor to certify the Mental well being of this lady.A psychiatrist would be the expert in this matter.

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  6. this woman doesnt sound very normal. how could the neighbors lock them up just like that? whre did they get the keys from? maybe the neighbors were too tired of watching this ka woman getting screwed all the time. i think i will never get married, i will be just crewing my friend’s and neighbors wives. why should i have a woman when i can have women? hahahahahahaha. mwapya ba ficolor if you are my neighbor your wife is gone twakulachinjana fye!!!

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  7. Good morning

    It is not strange for believers to pray in tongues – that is a gift from God and one of the ways in which His spirit edifies us as He manifests in us. A believer however, also needs to engage the mind whenever he prays.

    That is why Paul says ” I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the understanding also” 1 Corinthians 14:15, and that ” I would rather speak five words with my mind and teach others than ten thousand in the spirit and edify myself.” (v.19)

    v. 23. “If therefore the whole church come together in one place and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?”

    v.40. “Let all things be done decently and in order.”

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  8. If anyone brags to you that he’s full time born again then be very very careful, they are a of bunch criminals that even thank God for conning others. One time i was on a mini bus with one of them unfortunately the conductor somehow forgot to collect the fare from him, when we alighted he immediately started thanking God for making the conductor forget. They are ultimate dirty human beings who prey on emotions of weaker souls. Has anyone never heard of well-to-do Pastor blasting his congregants that are unemployed and having rough for being lazy, forgeting he’s driving the bimmer because those poor souls returned tithe. They are disgusting

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  9. Our undergraduate students have never found an insane person praying in tongues. This man should be sent to prison for his behaviour against his wife. Insane people are taken to the hospital and not be chained at home. this man has another women somewhere.

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  10. The DaILY Malaise should stick to such stories. They cant use MMD propaganda on such reports. However why does the judge ask for a pastor to confim the sanity of the woman? Are pastors psychiatrists in Zambia?

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  11. Good man ! Tie up that so called born again christian! Christianity or any other religion is a personal relationship between a person and his or her God. It is therefore very situpidi of Chiluba to have made that idiyotiki declaration. Who the heck does he think he is? Jesus is believed to have been down here on earth somewhere in the middle east. I would like the ‘christian nation psychophants’ to explain to me and other rational beings as to why Jesus did not find fit to declare the whole world a christian nation? Didnt he give a choice to everyone to either believe or not believe the ‘word’. So who are you to declare a whole nation as a ‘christian nation’ when you know that when the time of reckoning comes we shall be judged individually? Bukuba!

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  12. What I don’t get is Where Are Libya’s allies??? Where is Iran on all this, let alone China and Russia?

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  13. #15 Iran is a Shia country, they are more concerned with what is happening to their fellow Shias in Bahrain where Shias are been butchered by the police and armed forces of Sunni led govts of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.The other problem with Libya is that in addition to been a Sunni Moslem country; Gadaffi had made enemies with most if not all members of the Arab League. He used to insult them in meetings. And when they all started avoiding him; he became obssessed with Africa and fighting very had to have his number one illusion of a united continent under one govt (under Gadaffi)?. Iam afraid the colonel has no friends apart from the African friends he bought with his oil money. The man is trapped. He has nowhere to go that is why he decided to dig in. He cannot trust the bought friends.

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  14. This man is definitely covering up for his wrong deeds, i pray to God that let our lord Jesus Christ manifest him self to this man in his glorious splendor, like he did to Saul in the event leading to his conviction.

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  15. There is too much religion in Zambia. I can’t get my head around it. People have lost all reality on life. Frightening!

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  16. Religion goes hand-in-hand with poverty as people become more religious and become blind to reality.
    Its a shame that the religious Zambians would rather pay at church when that money could be used for their daily needs.
    This speaking in tongues will never help the country as the next person does not understand what the other is saying.

    However, the magstrates should have sent this woman for psychiatric check-up and not this Living Water pastor who might as well be insane and will also be speaking in tongues for them to understan.

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  17. Number 7. Bwezan
    I too was like that and never thot of marrying. But it happened unexpected and I confirm the same will happen to you. Trust my word or not but it will happen. And another reminder if u screw your friends wife yours too will be screwed.

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  18. Our God can not be mocked, I do agree with #18. No matter how you can hide and try to run around with your life and intimidate your wife like that, one day he will need her after his pleasures
    and she will say NO and he will not be happy again

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  19. There is nothing wrong about praying in tongues. The husband is just coming up with a lame excuse for divorce

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  20. :x:x:x the man is just being used by the devil to ruin the relationship that chavula has with GOD,and if anything tabakanya praying aloud,but be careful on how one prays,coz some they pray like pagans,they pray to be noticed by every one around them of which is not supposed to be the case.

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  21. The WOMAN is not telling the truth, HOW CAN the neighbours LOCK her up. Fow what reason mwee bantu? The woman seem to be a problem. And on TONGUES, where in the HOLY BIBLES does it say bra bra shakakka are the tongues? The BIBLE puts it very clear in the book of ACTS 2, that when the disciples received the SPIRIT, they started speaking in tongues, THEY WHO DID NOT KNOW GREEK, THEY SPAKE IN GREEK, THOSE OF NOT HEBREW< SPAKE IN HEBREW. When we talk of tongues, we are taking of languages saints. There is nothing like talking the thing you dont know. That is the influence of the evil spirits. Alot are lost on this but we ought to share. GOD loves us and we sholud know that He is not God of confusion. You cant be shalting in one room the 50,20, or 100 of you and say we praying. To which God are

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  22. To which GOD are you praying then? Know and understand the GOD you are worshiping dear brothers and sisters.

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  23. Amen!!! # 18/22/27 you are of the same spirit. speaking in tongues is a suparnatural gift that is given by the spirit as He wills. it is a sign to non believers to believe that you are a child of God living by the spirit and not the fresh.
    Guys be careful with your statements. God can not be mocked. what you sow is what you reap!!!
    No one is righteous except God. by His grace and mercies we ae all saved therefore, it is imperative that we tame our tongues at all costs…
    God Bless you guys!!

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  24. Praying is not a problem but the way we pray. Our friends the pentecoastals pray like they are quarrelling with God or God’s hearing is not up to date. There is one pastor in Chelstone who tells his members to stop taking drugs which are prescribed by medical doctors and convinces them that they are healed. It is rumoured that the same pastor told late Augustine Lungu to stop taking medication, he has done the same again and one girl who was on T.B drugs was advised to stop taking the drugs and she died on Saturday last week.Is that not murder or satanism?

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  25. Pipo just ask yourselves this: Why don’t educated people speak these so called tongues? For sure you will notice only failures are duped by these unscrupulous pastors who even convince the fools to stop taking medication! Was it not God who created human intelligence used in discovering the drugs to cure illness? The same hypocrites called pastors are the first ones to dash to hospitals when they fall sick! Wake up people stop being zombies!

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  26. bloggers lets be careful the way we analyse such issues. statements like ” neighbours locked us inside the house” doesnt make sense to me. anyone should be allowed to pray but not at the expense of inconviniencing others in the house. If you ask someone who has been praying in tongues, would that person tell you wat he/she was asking of god? So then wats the purpose of talking in tongues?
    In conclusion both the man and his wife are problems and it will be the children to suffer in the end.

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