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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Good News From Zambia

A case that has been going on for a while, last covered on this blog in this posting, has come to a somewhat positive end. As reported at daily-mail.co.zm, a court has discharged two consenting adults who were facing criminal charges for living as spouses.
THE Serenje Magistrate’s Court has discharged two siblings who were arrested in 2013 and taken to court for allegedly committing incest.

2013. This has been going on for over a year.
Mukuwa Nicholas Bulaya, 39, and his younger sister Bertha Mwenda Chipapuka, 36, were allegedly married and had five children.

And there's nothing wrong with that.
Serenje resident magistrate Fedelis Ngosa, on January 13 this year, granted the State an application for Bulaya and Chipapuka to be discharged.

Good.
The siblings were arrested in December 2013 and were believed to have been married for 14 years.

They appeared in court for over 10 months last year for mention while the State was waiting for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to issue instructions on the case.

And what can the court do about having ripped apart their family, disrupting their lives, and all of the prejudiced bigots who have, and will, try to interfere in their lives? This should have never been a criminal matter in the first place. They have not hurt anyone. It has been a waste of public resources and is an example of why remaining laws against consenting adults being together, married or not, need to be repealed or overturned.
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