Excess beer drinking earns woman divorce


A 29-year-old man has pleaded with a Local Court in Lusaka to be granted divorce because his wife drinks beer excessively such that she has no time for the children.

This is in a case in which Mark Watkins of Mongu sued his wife, Maureen Sakala, 27, of Makeni for divorce.

However, Sakala said she still loves Watkins.

The two got married in 2008 and they have four children.

Watkins told Senior Court Magistrate Sarah Nyendwa sitting at Chawama Local Court that ever since they got married they have been having misunderstandings which have resulted in constant fights.

He explained that they sat for about 15 times to try and resolve their problems but there was no change.

Watkins added that he went to work in Mongu and left Sakala behind but he started receiving information that Sakala was drinking beer.

“I came and collected her with the kids not knowing that she was not paying school fees for the children and I had arrears at school. She started going to the harbour in Mongu where people drink local wines and I found her drinking on three occasions. We were ending up fighting.

“When I reach home around 19:00 hours, I do not find her. When I lay hands on her, she rushes to the police station and I have been locked up twice. There was a time I found my child crying in the hands of my brother and when I went to look for my wife at her usual place, I found her with a man, it was early 2014,” he said.

In defence, Sakala said when they were in Lusaka they were living well but when they went to Mongu Watkins started coming home at around 0:001 hours and that sometimes 04:00 hours.

She explained that she found a number in Watkins’ phone contacts saved as honey and that when she inquired about it, she was beaten up.

Sakala added that at one time Watkins hit her with ice block on the head and that when she reported the matter to police he was detained. In submission, Watkins said that he wanted to divorce Sakala. Sakala said that she still loved Watkins.

Passing judgment, Magistrate Nyendwa said there was no peace in the couple’s home because Sakala was always found at the bar drinking instead of doing house chores.

She granted the couple divorce ordering Watkins to compensate Sakala K3, 000 with initial payment of K800 followed by monthly payment of K300 and to be paying child maintenance fee of K200 per month.

The court ordered that property acquired by the couple together should be shared equally.

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