Teacher drags estranged sick wife to court for divorce

Instead of taking his wife to hospital, a 34-year-old man in Lusaka has sued for divorce because his sick spouse’s parents have not charged him dowry and he fears she may die.

This is in a case in which Cephas Miti of John Howard compound sued Anna Tembo, 29, of Lilanda compound for divorce.

The two got married in 2003 and they have four children.

Miti told Senior Court Magistrate Sarah Nyendwa sitting with Magistrate Mubukwanu Matakala at Chawama Local Court that he married Tembo through elopement.

He explained that Tembo had a child fathered by her cousin who lives in Livingstone.

“I sued her because her parents don’t want to charge me dowry. I fear that I will be in trouble if she dies at my mother’s place where she stays,” said Miti. In cross-examination, Miti said he told Tembo that he has married another woman.

In her defence, Tembo said Miti was a “marriage freak” who has married and divorced six times.  She explained that when the two started co-habiting, her parents did not charge him dowry because they wanted to know the kind of man he was.

She said when Miti opened a school, he entered into a relationship with a female teacher and another woman.

“When I gave birth, he did not see the child who died because he was jailed for three years. After he was released he accused me of sleeping with other men and he threatened to kill me as he boasted that he was a savage coming from jail. Miti doesn’t maintain his children,” Tembo said.

In his submission, Miti said he wanted to divorce Tembo and that he also wanted her to stop insulting his knew wife.

Tembo said she wanted Miti to maintain his children and that he had wasted her time adding that he has infected her with a disease. Passing judgment, Magistrate Nyendwa dismissed the case because there was no marriage when dowry was not paid.


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