A low key wedding in Lusaka, the country’s epicenter of adultery and fornication this afternoon took a dramatic twist as a screaming man badged into the Civic Centre hall to disrupt a wedding in which his wife was the bride.
In what is likely to keep the country’s gossip mills running for a long time, Mary Lungu, a Malawian, who is said to have been married for the last 20 years to Zambia’s husband Josphat Mumba, left her her husband and children having breakfast this morning when she strolled out as if going to the local market.
Once out of her husband’s sight, Mary tossed away the chitenge wrapper that concealed her elegant black wedding dress and went to the Civic Centre to marry her long-time Congolese boyfriend Jean Claude Murwanashyaka, bringing to the fore a complicated international love triangle.
As the couple sat side-by-side on the love-shaped white ceremonial sofa shooting lustful glances at each other, a nosy friend of Mary sent Mumba some pictures asking why he was not attending his ex-wife’s wedding.
Upon receiving the photos, Mumba wasted no time; he assembled his children, loaded them on a Yango and sped off to the Civic Centre.
Although Mary and her groom had already exchanged rings and locked their lips in a passionate wedding smooch to seal their union, Mumba arrived in the nick of time to prevent the local authority from issuing his wife and her boyfriend a marriage certificate.
Restless and panting, Mumba explained to the shocked gathering that Mary was his wife and she left home in the morning, only for him to be informed that she was getting married.
To confirm his claims, the Lusaka City Council marriage registrar asked the children in Mumba’s company if the bride was indeed their mother and that she had left them home, to which they affirmed.
In the light of the drama, the Lusaka City Council denied Mary the rare opportunity of securing herself a polyandrous marriage to two international men.
“The couple was supposed to recieve their marriage certificate under the marriage Act of the laws of Zambia but the local authority declared their application as null and void after an objection from the woman’s legally married husband who was tipped by members of the public that his wife was today getting married to her long time Congolese boyfriend,” Lusaka City Council public relations manager Chola Mwamba explained in a statement later.
“The local authority would also like to advise all those seeking to be married under the marriage Act to make the application with genuine intentions.”
It remains to be seen what security measures Mumba will put in place to ensure that his sly wife does not sneak out to go and attempt to put up another playhouse-like show that she subjected innocent onlookers at the Civic Centre today.
Kalemba April 16, 2023