Gospel artist cum preacher MacDonald Mlaka Maliro has obtained a protection order at the Blantyre Magistrates Court against his former wife Ellina Tamara Kumilamba who has persistently been harassing him despite divorcing each other 15 years ago.
Maliro and Kumilamba divorced each other after 15 years of marriage in 2001 and have two children Juannita and Maggie.
According to documents Nyasa Times has obtained from court, Kumilamba deserted Maliro for another man in South Africa.
Maliro through his lawyer Ambokire Salimu, on Thursday last week, obtained the order in pursuant to Section 5&6 of Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, to among other grounds, restrain Kumilamba from directly contacting him and his employers or harass his current wife Bernadetta.
The court documents indicate that Kumilamba has been demanding children maintenance from Maliro, which he claims to have been providing all along since the divorce.
The arrangement is that, according to the documents, Maliro channels the children maintenance through his uncle Martin Mlaka Maliro who is a direct link between him and the ex-wife, Kumilamba.
However, instead of respecting the arrangement, Kumilamba is said to have been calling Mlaka Maliro directly aside from verbally defaming his wife Bernadetta.
“Since the respondent’s (Kumilamba) marriage with the other man broke down, she has always insisted that she gets the maintenance directly through me to the extent that she approached my employers namely Prophet Bushiri,” argued Maliro.
It has been revealed that Kumilamba once approached Enlighted Christian Gathering (ECG) church founder, Prophet Sheppard Bushiri who gave her R35, 000 (approximately K1.5 million) as a business start-up capital.
“This was thus not enough to her as she has been threatening through phone calls to visit my employers again and she is also currently causing problems between me and my wife,” further argued Maliro.
The Magistrates Court on Thursday has granted Maliro a Protection Order, restraining Kumilamba from contacting him directly for the children’s maintenance; not to be 100 metres close to him; not to approach Bushiri for any help or seek maintenance, and not to verbally or physically harass his wife Bernadetta.
Private-practicing lawyer, Ambokire Salimu confirmed obtaining the order on behalf of Maliro, saying “We already served the Respondent”.
However, Kumilamba was defensive and angry when contacted, challenging to expose Maliro.
“Let Mlaka Maliro and the court bring the war to me. I will expose him. He is the father of my two children, and all I am asking is for their maintenance which he has been failing to provide,” argued Kumilamba who refused to comment further on the issue.
.Mlaka shot into the limelight in the late 1990s with his debut album Dzanja Lalemba which until today remains one of the best compilations in the country.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :