MAN narrated in a Lusaka Local Court that he was troubled by the holy spirit to keep his second wife and decided to leave her because he wanted to work for God.
Evans Shamboko, 42, of John Laing compound was testifying in a case in which his wife, Felesi Phiri, 33, of Garden House sued him for divorce after he ran away from the matrimonial home.
The two got married in 2007 and have three children.
Phiri told Senior Court Magistrate Sarah Nyendwa sitting with Magistrate Ackim Phiri at Kanyama Local Court that all was well until 2015.
She explained that in January Shamboko started complaining of heart problems and was refusing to bath and eat what she prepared unless he cooks for himself.
Phiri told the court that at a family meeting Shamboko told her parents to get her because he wanted to work for God.
On February 19, Shamboko told her that they have divorced and that he would stay with the children.
In cross-examination, Phiri said Shamboko found her with two kids while he also had two kids from their previous marriages.
Asked by the court if he has the other wife, Phiri said another Shamboko had another wife but she refused to be in a polygamous marriage.
In defence, Shamboko said that he was on separation with his first wife when he married Phiri.
He explained that between 2012 and 2013 when he was going to see his children in Garden House at his first wife’s house, Phiri started accusing him of trying to reconcile with her (first wife).
Shamboko added the other time when he arrived home late Phiri wanted to fight him and told him that she did not want nosense.
“I told Phiri that it was better I get back my first wife. We sat with elders and after eight months I decided to go back to church to work for God because I was troubled in spirit because the Bible says if you marry a second wife you are committing adultery.
Phiri refused a polygamous marriage and decided to divorce me,” said Shamboko.
Asked by the court why he married Phiri when he was just on separation with the first wife, Shamboko said he thought he would divorce the first wife.
Passing judgment, Magistrate Nyendwa said that Shamboko was not transparent to Phiri because he did not tell her he was married.
She said that Shamboko wasted Phiri’s time. She granted the couple divorce ordering Shamboko to compensate Phiri with K10, 000 with initial payment of K1,000 followed by monthly installments of K500 and to be paying children maintenance fee of K450 per month. Property acquired together to be shared equally.