A woman of Makululu Township in Kabwe District yesterday narrated to Kabwe Principal Resident Magistrate John Mbuzi how she rented out a room to a brother and sister who lived as husband and wife.This is in case where Maureen Musonda and Aaron Musonda of Makululu compound are facing two counts of incest, in count one incest by male contrary to Section 159(1) of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
Particulars of the offence are that Aaron Musonda on dates unknown but between December, 2013 and February 27, 2014 in Kabwe knowing Maureen Musonda was his sister had unlawful carnal knowledge of her.In count two statement of offence incest by female contrary to section 159(1) of the penal code chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.
Particulars of the offence are that Maureen on dates unknown but between December 1, 2013 and February 27, 2014 in Kabwe knowing Aaron to be her brother permitted him to have unlawful carnal knowledge of her.
Testifying before Magistrate Mbuzi Nellie Musonda a widow aged 51 years and formal landlord of the two said on February 5,2014 Aaron Musonda approached her and asked to rent one of her rooms.Ms Musonda told court that he offered Aaron a room but before she did she told him that she only rents out her rooms to married people to which he responded that he had a wife who would join him soon.
She told count that a day later Aaron and Maureen moved in together and shared the room and were also seen taking a bath together and lived as husband and wife.
Another witness in the matter Umbrella Musonda 59 years a peasant farmer in Mkushi District and father of the two accused told court that he has fifteen children and that Maureen and Aaron where both his children.
Musonda said he had fathered both the accused but in cross examination he admitted that the two did not grow up together and had different mothers though he insisted that he had introduced the two as brother and sister.
Meanwhile another witness Margret Ngoma a police inspector at Kasanda Malombe police post in the Victim support Unit told court that on February 28, 2014 he took over the case of incest that was reported by Charles Musonda uncle to the two accused.Ms Ngoma said after interviewing Maureen she denied having had unlawful carnal knowledge with her brother after which a statement was recorded from her.
She told court that after interviewing Maureen she proceeded to interview Aaron who admitted to having had carnal knowledge of his sister as he did not know they were brother and sister at the time.
When asked by the Magistrate Mbuzi whether or not he had willingly or had been forced to admit that he had unlawful carnal knowledge of Maureen his sister Aaron said he was forced by the police officers to admit the charge or risk been tortured.
Magistrate Mbuzi has since set October 9, 2014 for the proceedings of a trail within a trial where witnesses would be brought to establish whether or not Aaron admitted to having carnal knowledge of his sister or not.