A legal assistant told a Local Court in Lusaka that his wife encouraged him to look for a second wife because she was not cooking and doing any laundry for him.
Casient Siamatika, 38, of Makeni Villa was testifying in a case in which his wife, Patricia Mudenda, 31, of Emmasdale sued him for divorce.
The two got married in 2007 and have three children. Dowry was paid.
Mudenda told Senior Court Magistrate Harriet Mbewe sitting with Senior Presiding Magistrate Martha Tembo at Matero Local Court that problems started in 2011 when Siamatika started spending nights out and was in the habit of taking his his clothes to his girlfriend.
She explained that in 2012 he beat her when she differed with his girlfriend and that when he was in Siavonga he phoned and told her to leave their matrimonial home after accusing her of insulting his mother.
Mudenda said she left for Kabwe to her parents while she was pregnant.
“Siamatika followed me in Kabwe and in 2014 I had another child. In September he came to collect my clothes and said he would come to fetch me later but he did not do so,
“ When I came for a funeral in Lusaka I found that he had married a sick woman. He told me to look for a house but I refused to be in polygamous marriage with a sick woman,” said Mudenda.
In defence, Siamatika said that after a week in marriage in 2007, Mudenda requested to go to Mumbwa for a week sometimes in August but she overstayed.
“For two years and seven months she has not been in the matrimonial home. She encouraged me to look for a second wife because she was not cooking for me or doing laundry,
“One time I told her that I will come for lunch but She failed to prepare lunch for me. She told me that I should eat from the restaurant. I told her that I will marry another woman which I did,” said Siamatika.
In submission, Mudenda said that she wanted to divorce Siamatika because she cannot be in polygamous marriage with a sick woman.
Siamatika said that he wanted to continue in marriage but he has no objection since Mudenda no longer loves him but insisited to keep their six year-old child.
Passing judgment, Magistrate Mbewe said that there was no love in the marriage because Siamatika and Mudenda has stayed separately for a long time, adding that two did not have adequate sex.
She said that Siamatika lost interest in Mudenda because he married another woman. She granted the couple divorce ordering Siamatika to compensate Mudenda with K7,000 in monthly installments of K200.
Siamatika was further ordered to pay child maintenance fee of K350 per month. Property acquired together to be shared equally.