High Court saves widow
The traditional authority had initially ruled that the widow should “pay for the tears of her husband's family”.
31 January 2020 | Justice
The High Court delivered judgement in the matter involving Hendrika Kashova Shiputa on Wednesday.
Last May, Shiputa was ordered to pay compensation by the traditional or community court after her husband Mukwangu Haingura Mukwangu committed suicide by hanging himself in February of the same year.
The traditional authority found that Shiputa was liable to pay compensation because her husband committed suicide at her home village.
Last year, Shiputa's lawyer Norman Tjombe launched an application in the High Court to have the traditional court ruling set aside.
Tjombe said in a media statement on Wednesday that the High Court ruling was a victory for women's rights.
He said women often bear the brunt of accusations of witchcraft, especially in rural areas.
“The decisions of the traditional authority and the headmen involved have been set aside and are invalid. Nothing can happen to Shiputa now,” Tjombe said.
Deputy Judge President Hosea Angula presided over the matter.