‘My wife shouts at me when I don’t have money’


A man complained in a Lusaka Local Court in Lusaka that his wife shouts at him when he is broke.

Gedeon Musonda,42, of John Howard compound was testifying in a case in which his wife, Beatrice Nampokolwe,32, of Chawama compound sued him for divorce.

The two got married in 1994 and they have four children.

Nampokolwe told Senior Court Magistrate Sarah Nyendwa sitting with Magistrate Mubukwanu Matakala at Chawama Local Court that all was well in marriage until 2006 when he married another woman in Mtendere compound and deserted her.

She explained that later Musonda sold the vehicle and a plot, adding that

Nampokolwe said that in 2011 when her relatives saw that Musonda was beating her they shifted to John Howard because they got fed up of their matrimonial disputes.

” In 2013 Musonda married another woman in John Howard  and I went to stay at my sister’s place in Chawama. Since I left Musonda has been following me and beats me, ” said Nampokolwe.

In defence, Musonda said that Nampokolwe doesn’t respect him because she shouts at him when he doesn’t have money.

He explained that Nampokolwe doesn’t want to listen to him, adding that added that he doesn’t like friends of Nampokolwe who are female and male.

Asked by Nampokolwe if she has male friends, Musonda said that she was coming home with male friends by a taxi.

Asked by the court if he married, Musonda said it was just a lie by his wife.

In submission, Nampokolwe said that she wants to divorce Musonda because he doesn’t take care of her.

Passing judgment, Magistrate Nyendwa said that the marriage has broken down irretrievably because Musonda was deserting  Nampokolwe and marrying other women.


She said that Nampokolwe is staying alone and Musonda doesn’t take care of her adding that they separated long  time ago showing that they had throw away their cojungal rights.

She granted the couple divorce ordering Musonda to compensate Nampokolwe K4000 by monthly installments of K250 and to be paying child maintenance fee of K300 per month. Property acquired together to be shared equally.

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