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The face of treachery, jealousy: The Zambian/American love story

An American lady who is mourning her late husband, Sylvester Mumba, a Zambian, has told the story of how her husband committed suicide due to treachery and jealousy from his fellow Zambians.
Here below is the story of the lady who said she couldn’t bring herself to visit her late husband’s family in Zambia after his death or his grave because of how hard his death hit her.
I met Sylvester Mumba in 2012 in Livingstone, Zambia when I went there on vacation. Sylvester used to sell things made out of wood at a place called Mukuni park in Livingstone.  He was a talented woodcarver, he used to make
decorative crafts out of wood.
I got his phone number after I asked him to make a wooden map of United States of America with my names written on it. From that day, he became my friend and we started communicating even when I  came back to USA.
I was 23 years old and single when I met him, I just did not feel happy, I was basically lonely and I would call Sylvester whenever I felt lonely. We would chat for hours non-stop. He English wasn’t perfect but I understood everything. He used to tell me that ‘we were meant to be’ because only I understood his bad English.
We then started dating six months later. I saved up just enough working as a host in at a SteakHouse,went to a travel agency booked a plane ticket and was off again to Zambia,but this time not to see the Victoria falls but to see Sylvester. The ticket was $1,357 dollars at the time round trip.
I stayed in Zambia for a month and we quickly got married. Then after the wedding, I left him in Zambia. Back home in USA, I paid an Immigration lawyer to help me with visa paper work for Sylvester. To make the long story short, Sylvester was given a green card and that’s how he came to USA in May 2013. We did another wedding in USA. We were so much in love.
All was well in our marriage. I even helped him get a job at Target Stores and helped him buy a car to ease his movements. He slowly started adapting to the American culture and his English improved. He also met some Zambians living in USA and together they became one family.
As time went by,we started attending functions/parties organised by the Zambian community in USA.  I was even in Tampa, Florida to support Zambia National Soccer Team when they took on Japan. And after the soccer match, there was a party where we interacted with the Soccer players and other people in attendance. I have attended many independence functions organised by the Zambian community in Atlanta.
I started  noticing one thing about the Zambians in USA like gossiping and they do not like to see their fellow Zambians prosper in life.
Sylvester’s Zambian friends, women inclusive  would call and tell me that Sylvester did not marry me because he loves me, but  because of poverty and papers (Green card).  They would tell me that he was going round the Zambian community, telling people that he was just using me to become a US citizen and that he will leave me once he is given a green card valid for 10-years.
Some of his male friends would call me asking me to divorce him and marry them instead, and some would call asking me for sex. I did not care about what people were telling  me. I loved him so much and he meant my world to me.
Up till date I do not understand why Zambians in diaspora are jealous of each other. My step sister is married to a Nigerian and Nigerians are so supportive of each other.
Sylvester and I decided to isolate ourselves from all the Zambians in USA because their gossips started affecting our marriage. We were happy once again until in June this year when  Sylvester was arrested for being in possession of drugs.
He went drinking with some of his trusted Zambian friends. Around midnight,they all decided to call it a day.
 Sylvester was the only one driving, so he had to drop his friends at their various homes. And after dropping his friends,on his way back home, he was stopped by the police. His friends planted some drugs in his car and called the police.
And that’s how he was arrested in June and was deported back to Zambia Three weeks ago. I tried to fight his deportation for 4 months but it couldn’t work out as you know our immigration laws are now tough  because of our current  president. People get deported for minor offences.
And the sad part is that his friends have been asking me to date them since the time he was detained.
Sylvester left USA three weeks ago and on Friday 24th November he committed suicide. Sylvester was put to rest 27th of November at his parent’s village in Northern part of Zambia.
I am so heartbroken. I am unable to travel to Zambia. My prayers and thoughts are with his family.

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