A LUSAKA wife has told a local court how her husband has married six times over the years.
The 22-year-old woman, Marvis Phiri, of George Township said she was the fourth wife to Ezaria Banda before he chased her from the matrimonial .
This was in a case where Phiri sued Banda, 29, for divorce after the two failed to resolve their marital disputes.
Facts before court were that the two got married in 2010 and have one child but problems in their marriage started when Phiri became pregnant.
Phiri told the court that her husband left her when she was pregnant and went to marry another woman.
She said Banda was in the habit of chasing his wives every time they fell pregnant for their first children.
“My husband just has a habit of marrying different women because I was the fourth wife and the one he is staying with is the sixth one,” she said.
But in his defence, Banda told the court that he decided to marry another woman because his wife was too jealous.
He said there were times he used to work night shifts but his wife never believed him and accused him of spending nights with other women.
Banda said his wife was in the habit of drinking beer and that she also used to tell his relatives whenever the two had an argument.
“I need a woman who can keep secrets because it is just not in order for everyone to know whatever is going on in my house,” he said.
Passing judgment, Magistrate Sharone Sichone, sitting with Magistrate Petronella Kalyelye granted the two divorce and ordered Banda to compensate his wife with K5,000 to be paid in monthly installments of K300.
The custody of the child was given to Phiri and Banda was ordered to be maintaining his child with K200 per month.
Hubby tells wife to find another man
By SERAH TEMBO –
A twenty-eight-YEAR-OLD woman of Lusaka’s Matero Township has sued her husband for divorce after he told her to look for another man because he was no longer interested in her.
The woman told the court that her husband went to Lusaka in 2007 to look for employment leaving her in Kasama with five children.
This is in a case in which Martha Kabanga sued Fred Chishimba, 44, of the same township for divorce after the two failed to resolve their marital disputes.
Facts before the court were that the two were married in 1997 and have five children but problems in their marriage started in 2007 when Chishimba went to Lusaka to look for a job as an auditor.
Kabanga said when her husband went to Lusaka, he left her in Kasama to take care of the children but never supported the family even after finding a job.
Kabanga said she later received a strange phone call from a woman who told her that her husband was married to her, hence she should just forget about him.
She then decided to follow Chishimba in Lusaka and found that he was staying with the same woman who had called her.
“When that woman called me I could not believe that my husband could betray me because I struggled with him when he was jobless,” Kabanga said.
She told the court that when she confronted him, he told her that she was free to marry another man as he was not interested in her anymore.
In his defence, Chishimba told the court that he never abandoned his family as he was planning to take them to Lusaka after he completed building his house.
He told the court that Kabanga decided to follow him in Lusaka and found that he was staying with his girlfriend.
Chishimba told the court that when he looked for a house for his wife, she refused to move in and when he gave her money to look for a house of her choice she still refused.
He said that he used to support his family unlike what Kabanga had said that he never provided for his children.
In her judgment, magistrate Sharone Sichone ordered Chishimba to compensate his wife with K15, 000 to be paid in installments of K300 per month.
Three children were given to the mother while two were given to the father who was also told to be maintaining the three with K400 per month.
‘My wife is too materialistic’
By SARAH TEMBO –
A Thirty-two-year-old man of Lusaka’s Chazanga Township has sued his wife for divorce accusing her of being materialistic.
The man told the court that his wife was too materialistic and demanded for things that he could not provide for her.
This was in a case where Geoffrey Katukula sued Marydah Mwanza for divorce after the two failed to resolve their marital disputes.
Facts before the court were that the two got married in 2011 and have one child but problems started when Mwanza became more demanding.
Katukula told the court that his wife had a habit of comparing him to his friends and his neighbours who were economically well.
He said his business was not doing well because he was taking care of his brother’s child who was sick but when he explained this to his wife she would not understand.
“I am just a businessman, hence every Kwacha counts, I cannot afford to be wasting money on useless things that she always demands,” he said.
And in her defence, Mwanza told the court that Katukula wanted to divorce her because he had found another woman.
She said her husband used to come home shaved and when she confronted him he would tell her that she was not woman enough and someone had done it.
Mwanza told the court that from the time she delivered her child, her husband had been refusing to have sex with her accusing her of having a bad smell.
“My husband had told me on several occasions that he was waiting for just an opportunity for me to do something wrong so that he would divorce me,” she said.
And when passing judgment, magistrate Sharone Sichone granted the two divorce and ordered Katukula to compensate Mwanza with K3,000 to be paid in installment of K300 per month.
The custody of the child was given to Mwanza and Katukula was ordered to be paying K200 monthly for child maintenance.
I am scared of being killed by my husband, wife tells court
By SERAH TEMBO –
THE Matero local court has granted divorce to a couple of Lusaka after it proved that the man’s family was interfering in the marriage.
The woman also told the court that she wanted a divorce because she was scared of being killed by her husband who threatened to kill her on several times.
This is in a case in which Sophia Chitalu, 32, of Lusaka’s Chazanga Township sued Ezron Daka, 36, of Chaisa for divorce.
Facts before the court were that the two got married in 2007 and have two children but problems in their marriage started in 2009 when Daka stopped supporting the family and spent nights out.
Chitalu told the court that she was surprised in 2009 when her husband started spending nights away from home and stopped supporting the family.
She said whenever she went to report to his family they used to support him and told her that she was the reason her husband was behaving like that.
Chitalu said at one point she engaged marriage counselors but even that never worked because her husband’s behaviour became worse.
She said whenever she complained to her husband about his behavior, he told her to go and look for another man as she was still young and the possibility of her finding another man was high.
She told the court that her husband also took too much alcohol which made him fail to perform in bed.
“When my husband comes back from his drinking spree he chases me from the house and I once spend nights in the toilet,” she said.
But in his defence, Daka told the court that they lived in peace from the time they got married until 2009 when he fell sick.
He said when he got sick his relatives advised him to move to the family house which he did but his wife was not happy about the arrangement.
Daka said before he fully recovered, his wife told him that her relatives had told her that he should take her back and she started going home late while drunk.
Passing judgment, Magistrate Petronela Kalyelye, sitting with Magistrate Sharon Sichone granted the two divorce and ordered Daka to compensate his wife with K4,000.
Custody of the children was given to the mother and Daka was ordered to be maintaining them with K200 per month.
Man divorced for abandoning sick wife
By SARAH TEMBO –
THE Matero local court has ordered a 39-year-old man of Lusaka’s Lilanda Township to compensate his wife with K20,000 after he abandoned her when she fell ill.
The court told the man that it was inhuman for him to abandon his wife in sickness and marry another one.
This is in a case where Salome Mukanda, 36, of Lusaka’s Matero Township sued Golf Sakala for divorce after he abandoned her and married another woman when she got sick.
Facts before the court were that the two got married in 1998 and have one child but problems in their marriage started in June 2012 when Mukanda had a stroke.
Mukanda told the court that when she got sick last year, her husband deserted home and promised to be supporting her but he did that for a few months and later stopped.
She said her husband stopped supporting her and started avoiding her and after sometime, she was told by his relatives that he got married to another woman and never wanted her anymore.
Mukanda told the court that her husband sold almost everything the two had worked for and squandered the money with other women.
She also told the court that her husband used to insult her and her mother whenever she confronted him on why he was selling everything they had worked for together.
“We had three buses and three houses but he sold everything, leaving me with nothing and as if that was not bad enough, he abandoned me for another woman,” she said.
But in his defence, Sakala told the court that he deserted his home because his wife always threatened to commit suicide.
He told the court that he got married to another woman because he no longer loved his wife because if she died while the two were still together, her relatives would accuse him of killing her.
“Her relatives say that I am responsible for my wife’s sickness and considering the fact that she had threatened to commit suicide on several occasions, I am very sure that if she died while we are still together, her relatives would accuse me of causing her death,” he said.
When passing judgment, magistrate Dennis Mpundu ordered Sakala to compensate his wife with K20,000 to be paid in installment of K500 per month effective January 30, 2014.
The custody of the child was given to the mother and Sakala was ordered to be maintaining her with K300 per month.