A LUSAKA Local Court heard how a 30-yeard old man has decided to end his marriage after finding charms in a plate of rice he was eating.
This is in a case in which Ackim Siazuno of Kanyama compound sued his wife, Sharon Dinde, 25, of the same compound for divorce.
The two got married in 2010 and have two children.
Siazuno told Senior Court Magistrate Ackim Phiri sitting with Magistrates Sarah Nyendwa and Daniel Phiri at Kanyama Local Court that all was well in marriage until last year when Dinde put charms in the a plate of rice he was eating.
He explained that he did not know if the charms were for love or to make him a fool. Siazuno produced the charms in court as evidence.
“Dinde doesn’t like my relatives she even chased my 12-year-old brother I was keeping. I had a credit of K2,000 with my sister and when I gave her a fridge and radio to take care of the credit my wife was upset and she reported me to police where I was detained over my property,” said Siazuno. In cross-examination, Siazuno said that he did not show Dinde the charms in rice but showed her the ones he found in the bedroom.
In defence, Dinde said that she was just staying well but problems started in May 2015 when her mother in-law came from church she offered her a plate of rice to eat.
“She did not eat the rice but went outside the house and told Siazuno secretly that there were charms in the rice,” she said.
Dinde further said that her mother in law goes to Zion church and that Siazuno has also started going to prophets and stopped leaving money home.
“Siazuno told me to go to the village and when I refused he said he will bring another woman. His relative came with a vehicle and collected a fridge, radio and a recorder. He was detained at Victim Support Unity and when he was released he left the matrimonial home,” said Dinde.
In submission, Siazuno said that he wanted to divorce Dinde because she can kill him. Dinde said that he still loved Siazuno because they have children together.
Passing judgment, Magistrate Ackim Phiri said that it seems Siazuno has somewhere he was leaning to or his mother found a woman for him.
He however said that women use charms to keep their bodies warm and that even if he went to marry another woman he will divorce her because he will find her with charms again.
He granted the couple divorce ordering Siazuno to compensate Dinde with K6,000 with initial payment of K1,000 followed by monthly installments of K300 and to be paying children maintenance of K150 per month. Property acquired together to be shared equally.