A 44-year-old man told a Local Court in Lusaka that the parents of his wife wanted her to get married to a pastor after he failed to pay dowry.
Justine Mwamba of Garden House was testifying in a case in which his wife, Nelia Mbewe, 37, of Lilanda compound sued him for divorce.
The two got married in 1994 and have three children. Dowry was paid.
Mbewe told Senior Court Magistrate Pauline Newa sitting with Magistrate Lewis Mumba at Matero Local Court that all was well in marriage until 2010 when Mwamba started spending nights out on the pretext that he slept where he was playing football.
She explained that when she started selling charcoal Mwamba told her to stop because it was giving him bad luck. Mbewe explained that on May 20, 2013 Mwamba chased her and that during the time they were on separation for two months Mwamba got sick because of excessive beer drinking. They have been on seperation for two years.
In defence, Mwamba said that problems started in 2013 when Mbewe’s pastor wanted a woman to marry and that her parents asked Mbewe to marry him because he (Mwamba) did not finish paying dowry.
He explained that Mbewe refused to get married to a Pastor and that her brother whipped them with a chain including children after Mbewe refused to marry the pastor.
Mwamba added that when he goes for piece work Mbewe would go to her parents where the pastor used to find her, adding that her mother was cheating the pastor that she was a divorcee.
In submission, Mbewe said that she wanted to divorce Mwamba because he married another woman after telling her that she was not his choice.
Mwamba said that he still loves Mbewe and that he has not married but he was just staying with his girlfriend.
Passing judgment, Magistrate Newa said that there was no love in their marriage because they separated in 2013 adding that Mwamba was denying Mbewe conjugal rights when he was enjoying with another woman. She granted the couple divorce ordering Mwamba to compensate Mbewe with K5000 by monthly installments of K200 and to be paying child maintenance fee of K400 per month. Property acquired together to be shared equally.