Furious wife storms church wedding in Zambia

Tim Stickings For Mailonline
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A woman stormed into a wedding ceremony in Zambia and demanded that it be stopped – because the groom was her husband.

Abraham Muyunda allegedly gave his wife the slip by telling her he was heading out of town for work, before heading to the altar with his new bride-to-be.

But his wife got wind of the plan from the groom’s neighbours, according to the Zambian Observer, and rushed to the church to call a halt to the ceremony.

Widely-shared footage reveals how she marched up the aisle and dramatically told the congregation: ‘This wedding can’t go on… this man here is my husband’.

The woman’s announcement caused gasps among the congregation while the groom looked on with his hand on his chin and the bride offered no reaction.

The man’s alleged wife, who had a face mask hanging off her face, then argued with a woman in a front pew before going to remonstrate with a clergyman.

‘This man is my husband. We haven’t divorced,’ she told him, adding that ‘we never quarrelled… I don’t know what is happening here’.

The woman appeared to be carrying a baby in a papoose strapped to her back, and reportedly had her other children in tow.

Local media says the ceremony was taking place in a Roman Catholic church in Chainda, an area of the capital Lusaka.

The footage cuts out before the argument is resolved, but reports claim the groom was taken to a police station while the family discusses how to respond.

a couple of people that are standing in a room: 'This man is my husband!': A woman confronts a couple at the alter during their wedding ceremony in Zambia, saying she is married to the groom

© Provided by Daily Mail ‘This man is my husband!’: A woman confronts a couple at the alter during their wedding ceremony in Zambia, saying she is married to the groomThe man, named as Abraham Muyunda, is reportedly now in police custody as the family decides how to proceed. If convicted of bigamy, he could face up to seven years in prison
© Provided by Daily Mail The man, named as Abraham Muyunda, is reportedly now in police custody as the family decides how to proceed. If convicted of bigamy, he could face up to seven years in prison

The bride is said to have known that Mr Muyunda was married, while the groom could be charged with bigamy, local media says.

Reports say Mr Muyunda worked at the Zambia Revenue Authority, and has three children.

According to the UN, Zambia has two different marriage systems, one based on customary law and the other on modern statute law.

The second type does not allow for polygamy, and anyone who tries to get married under statute law when they already have a husband or wife is liable to prosecution.

If convicted of bigamy, Muyunda could face up to seven years in prison.

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2 replies

  1. Well, usually I am known for pro-polygamy posts, but I thought it only fair to give you this story as well.

    The guy should have done his home work properly. If he would have married the second lady in the traditional African way he would have ‘got away with it’ (well, his wife could have still made some problem I suppose).

    When I was in Ghana one contractor who came to my office frequently always used to bring me Christian pamphlets. When I asked him how many children he said he answered ’18’. I remarked that this was a bit much for one wife. He replied that he had three. I queried how is that possible as he always quoted the bible to me. He explained ‘no problem, one I married in the church and the other two according to African tradition. ‘I am African after all’.

    Ah well…

  2. Same kind of law applies in most African countries, including mine. Africans in general – both men and women – don’t have such problems regarding polygamy as the Westerners.

    They are more practical!

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