A Lusaka businessman told a Local Court that he stopped eating food from his home because his wife wanted to kill him after he impregnated another woman.
Brian Hakanga, 39, of Kanyama compound was testifying in a case in which his wife, Susan Namulukwa, 39, of the same compound sued him for divorce. Hakanga was also for divorce.
The two got married in 1999 and have four children.
Namulukwa told Senior Court Magistrate Daniel Phiri sitting with Magistrate Ackim Phiri at Kanyama Local Court that all was well until 2012 when Hakanga told her that he had a child with another woman.
She explained that when she asked him why he had impregnated another woman when he already has children Hakanga got annoyed and left home and only returned the following day.
Namulukwa said when Hakanga’s aunt died the same woman came to the funeral and that when she asked what she wanted Hakanga beat her(Namulukwa) in the presence of his mother.
“After we differed with Hakanga’s family in November 2012 we went to Matero Local Court for reconciliation but it failed,
“In 2013 I got employed but still Hakanga continued to beat me and threatened to kill me; sometimes I spent nights at the neighbour’s house,” she said.
She said on April 23, 2013 she rented a house near his house but children followed her because he was beating them.
Asked by the court if they made love, Namulukwa said that they have not made love since she left the matrimonial home in 2013.
In defence, Hakanga said that in November 2012 Namulukwa sued him for reconciliation because he had impregnated another woman.
He explained that Namulukwa stopped doing laundry for him and that he stopped eating food home because she told him that she would poison him.
Magistrate Daniel Phiri said that problems came about because Hakanga impregnated another woman and was cruel to his wife.
He granted the couple divorce ordering Hakanga to compensate Namulukwa with K6,000 with initial payment of K1,000 followed by monthly instalments of K250.
Hakanga was also ordered to be paying children maintenance fee of K600 per month. Property acquired together to be shared equally.