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One baby, two fathers

Mon, 6 May 2013 02:20
by Chris-Paul

two Katima Mulilo men have denied paternity of a baby born to Beverly Kakando last week.
Kakando, 23, gave birth to her baby boy at Katima Mulilo State Hospital.
The men at the centre of the controversy, Daniel Samuzu, 25, and John Matengu, 36,   caused a commotion at the hospital when they almost engaged in a fist fight over the baby boy.
Matengu who works at Karibib said he had been looking after the mother during her pregnancy.
“My family knows that I’m the father of the baby. I only learnt about the other guy at the hospital. There was a huge misunderstanding there.
“The nurses kept saying she was lucky because two men showed up to claim paternity while other women have to chase after their baby’s father long after they have given birth,” said Matengu.
He said the nurses had to intervene to cool the tempers.
“I wasn’t really trying to fight him. I was trying to reason with the boy because it is clearly the girl that was in the wrong here. The boy could just not listen to me and he was really confused,” said Matengu.
Samuzu, however, said he only tried to fight Matengu after he shad seen that he was putting unnecessary relentless pressure on Kakando.
“He was forcing her to talk a few hours after she has given birth instead of letting her to rest. I was upset because of the way he treated her. He couldn’t wait. He kept saying that he had to drive all the way from Karibib to come see a baby who is not even his. He was too loud,” said Samuzu.
He admitted that Matengu was the one who was invited by Beverly to the hospital, “I was just sitting around with my friends when I heard that another man was at the hospital waiting for Beverly to give birth.
“I was confused so I decided to go with my friends and we found it was true,” said Samuzu.
He said he was made to believe by Beverly that he was the baby’s father after they had had unprotected sex a couple of times.
“I knew she had a boyfriend but we had sex. She fell pregnant and she told me she had broken up with the guy because he knows she had fallen pregnant by me. So now I also don’t know if I’m really the father of the baby or she chose him because he has money,” said Samuzu.
Beverly could not be reached for comment as her phone was off and her elder sister Memory Kakanda refused to make a comment.