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Man faces rare bigamy charge

Man faces rare bigamy charge

Maria David

 

A FIFTY-YEAR-OLD resident of the Ekulo village near Omuthiya in the Oshikoto Region is in serious trouble after marrying his 48-year-old lover at the Ondangwa Magistrate’s Court on 7 August this year after it was discovered that he already has a wife.

 

According to the Oshikoto Regional commander of the police, Commissioner Armas Shivute, the suspect unlawfully and intentionally got married for a second time, while he is still legally married to someone else who is still alive.

 

It is alleged that the suspect married his first wife in the Elombe Lutheran parish in January 2007, but by the end of 2016, the marriage had gone sour.

 

He subsequently abandoned his wife at Okashana Kelago village and moved in with his new lover at Ekulo village.

 

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Shivute said that the case is at an advanced stage, but before arresting the suspect, more statements need to be obtained from witnesses, including documentary proof from the ministry of home affairs and witness statement of the Elombe Lutheran pastor.

 

When contacted for comment, Elombe parish pastor Nikanor Shuukwanyama said that before conducting a wedding ceremony, both the groom and the bride are asked whether they have ever been married and the ceremony only continues if they both answer that they have not.

 

He said he is not aware of the criminal case now being investigated by the police.

 

Elcin information coordinator, Reverend Thomas Uushona, said that the church does not allow anyone to be married to more than one spouse.

 

“Marriage is exclusively for people who were never married before or those who were married and are divorced,” he said.

 

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