ZAMBIA: Pardoned murder convict Keith Mukata’s wife, Maricoh has narrated how prison authorities allowed her to have sex with her husband while in prison, a situation which resulted in a pregnancy.
#Mwebantu Court Reporter writes; Zambia has not yet allowed inmates to have conjugal rights while incarceration.
But Mukata’s wife Maricoh who has filed for divorce in the Lusaka High Court states how prison authorities allowed her to have sex with him during a prison visit.
Maricoh submits that she was Mukata’s wife during his incarceration for murder.
She however said after their initial sex encounters while in prison her husband has denied her conjugal rights for three years.
Maricoh, who has four children with Mukata, with two from another woman, disclosed how she fell pregnant with the youngest child during a prison visit in 2018 when Correction Facility authorities gave her chance to have sex with her husband.
According to a petition for dissolution of marriage, Maricoh stated that she was lawfully married to Mukata, a lawyer and former Chilanga member of parliament and the couple last lived together in Kasupe.
She submitted that the couple have been residing separately for four years six months.
Maricoh stated that their marriage has broken down irretrievably for the reason that Mukata has behaved in such a way that she cannot be reasonably expected to continue living with him as there is no love and affection.
She wants the court to dissolve the marriage and that she be granted child custody of the children of the family and an order for property settlement and maintenance.
Maricoh states that Mukata stopped her from visiting him in prison in 2018.
She stated that Mukata was released from prison in August 2021 but has never been home with her and the children.
Maricoh further alleged that Mukata has been sending her threats through his agents and personal guards and accused her of assaulting a guard, a case which is active in court.
She also stated that she reported her husband to Matero Police Station for theft of a motor vehicle and he had been warned and cautioned.
Mukata was sentenced to death by hanging on February 28, 2018 by judge Susan Wanjelani after he was found guilty of the murder of his security guard Namakambwa Kalilakwenda.
Mukata shoot dead Kalilakwenda who was a guard at his law firm, AKM Legal Practitioners on May 6, 2017.
However, in August this year, Former President Edgar Lungu pardoned former United Party for National Development Chilanga member of parliament Keith Mukata in his last acts as republican president.