Marriage is voluntary union, court tells couple
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magistrateBy THANDIWE MOYO –
A WOMAN of Kanyama Township has dragged her husband to Kanyama Local Court  on grounds that he threatened to kill her and occasionally beats her.
Grace Sililo, 38, sued her husband William Tubuko, 40, of the same location for divorce on grounds that her husband beat her severely.
Facts before the court were that the two got married in 2005 and have three children after dowry was partially paid.
She explained that her husband told her that he would kill her and cut her into pieces if she continued staying with him.
Sililo said on several occasions her husband undressed her and beat her while naked whenever they had marital disputes.
She narrated in Court that on one occasion, her husband beat her till she became partially blind.
Sililo said her husband also went  home late on several occasions and expected her to cook nshima at around 03:00hours and when she refused, he would beat her.
She said she was tired of living like an animal and that if she continued in the abusive marriage, her husband might kill her.
In defence, Tubuko denied all the allegations and told the court that he would not allow his wife to leave him because he was in love with her.
He told the court that he was a loving husband and usually gave his wife his salary because he cared for her and respected her.
In passing judgment magistrate Abishyne Michelo sitting with Magistrate Lewis Michelo granted the couple divorce and told Tubuko that marriage was a voluntary union.
The magistrate ordered Tubuko to maintain his children and to pay compensation fees of K 8,000 to Sililo.

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