By Maria Immaculate Owechi
A married man identified as Abraham Muyunda in Zambia was caught red-handed by his wife and mother of his kids on Sunday, marrying another wife in a Church ceremony that she stormed and disorganized as caught on camera.
Mr Muyunda who works for Zambia Revenue Authority at the Head Office is married to Caroline Mubita and they have three children between them.
Muyunda left home in the morning and told his wife that he had gone out of town on duty when, in fact, he was set to tie another knot with another woman. The wedding took place at a Catholic Church in Chainda, Zambia.
Mrs Muyunda was only tipped by vigilant neighbours that her husband was about to wed another woman, after which she rushed to the said Church together with her kids where she interrupted the ceremony.
Mr Muyunda looked embarrassed as he kept looking down while his legitimate wife claimed him in front of the Church and his illegal wife-to-be.
The ‘would-have-been’ groom was handed over to Matero Police station where he is kept as the family discuses the way forward. He is likely to be charged with bigamy(the offence of marrying someone while already married to another person) which is a criminal matter in Zambia, and when one is convicted, they could face up to seven years in prison.
The Bride knew Mr Muyunda was married. It is reported by Zambia Watchdog that she is the one who sponsored the entire wedding.
Many people questioned the likelihood of this happening.
Wanzelu commented, “Very sad and deceitful indeed. Was this a movie shooting or what? Because What I know is that such a situation, if it was real, could have been avoided. This is because in the Catholic Church there are Marriage Bans for at least 3 or more Sundays where at the end of every Sunday Mass a priest announces in front of the congregation that (For eg.,) “Martin Mulenga who resides at (Address), Son of George Mulenga and Vuniwe Mulenga of (Address) would like to marry Sepiso Mwiinga, who resides at(Adress), daughter of Hanzala and Eunice Mwinga of(Address). If there is anyone who knows why these two cannot have their marriage blessed in Church please inform the Parish Priest in truth and in confidence.” And throughout the announcements, the couple is made to stand if front of the Church so everyone can see them. How come nobody said anything during the several weeks that the marriage bans were announced? Or could it be that the man is getting married at the lady’s parish where no one knows him? Then the marriage bans should have been announced at his parish as well. Another possibility is that he is not Catholic and no one in the parish knows him. All the same, he is the hull of deceit. If the lady knew he was married and still went ahead, she is also guilty and has brought shame to herself and her family.”