A 22-year-old woman told a Local Court in Lusaka that she has not enjoyed her marriage because her husband has been chasing her from the matrimonial home.
This is in a case in which Eunice Mukomba, 22, of old Chawama compound sued Emmanuel Mwanza, 29, of the same compound for divorce.
The two got married in 2010 and have one child. Dowry was paid.
Mukomba told Senior Court Magistrate Sarah Nyendwa sitting at Chawama Local Court that she has not enjoyed her marriage because Mwanza has been chasing her from time to time.
She further stated that when Mwanza chased her in 2014 she never returned and he has not been maintaining the child.
In cross-examination, Mukomba said that at first when Mwanza chased her she was not drinking beer.
In defence, Mwanza said that since they got married he has not been working. Mwanza further said that in 2012 Mukomba took to heavy drinking and failed to do house chores. She started coming home late and, sometimes she spent nights out.
“When I complained to her parents they would not listen to me. On February 28, 2014 she went to her aunt and I also started staying with my friend. In August when I went to the Copperbelt I was receiving reports that she was staying with a man,” said Mwanza.
In submission, Mukomba said that she just wanted to divorce Mwanza since they were already on separation.Mwanza said that he was also for divorce.
Passing judgment, Magistrate Nyendwa said that Mukomba has been going to bars and sometimes she came home the following day when she was a married woman.
She said that Mwanza has been beating Mukomba and that if they stayed together they can kill each other. She granted the couple divorce without compensation but Mwanza was ordered to be paying child maintenance fee of K200 per month. Property acquired together to be shared equally.