For burning his wife’s mini skirt, a Lusaka man has been dragged to a local court where he was divorced by his irate former better-half.
Simon Banda,30, of Chazanga was sued by his wife Rita Banda,25, for divorce after he burnt her mini skirt.
The two got married in 2008 and have two children.
Rita told Senior Court Magistrate Harriet Mbewe sitting with Senior Presiding Magistrate Martha Tembo at Matero Local Court that since she got married she has never enjoyed peace because Banda beats her whenever he was drunk.
She explained that at one time he burnt her clothes after pouring paraffin on them.
Rita said that when she sued Banda he beat her and tore off her hair as they fought, adding that her husband says he does not love her anymore.
In defence, Banda said that he burnt Rita’s skirt because it was too short for a married woman.
He explained that his mother gave him K500 to start selling chickens because he is not working but Rita told him to start selling alcoholic satchets commonly known as tujilijili.
Banda however said that he still loves Rita who has decided to divorce him because he was not working.
Passing judgment, Magistrate Mbewe said that love builds marriage and that it is long gone practice for outsiders to find a wife for a man, adding that it was the reason why they differed because they did not love each other.
She granted the couple divorce and ordered Banda to compensate Rita with K4000 in monthly installments of K200 and to be paying child maintenance fee of K200 per month. Property acquired together to be shared equally.