A MAN caused laughter in a Lusaka Local Court when he admitted beating and stripping his wife because she possesses a spirit of poverty.
Chishala Wazi, 37, of Makeni was testifying in a case in which his wife, Diana Mudenda, 32, of Kanyama compound sued him for divorce.
The two got married in 2001 and have two children.
Mudenda told Senior Court Magistrate Sarah Nyendwa sitting with Magistrates Daniel Phiri and Ackim Phiri at Kanyama Local Court that she only stayed well for a year in her marriage when they stayed at the family house of Wazi.
But later Wazi resorted to beating and stripping her naked in middle of the night, accusing her of having a spirit of poverty.
She told the court that Wazi often warned her that if she did not leave him he would poison her or squeeze her neck to death.
Mudenda said that she left the matrimonial home in 2014 and that they had been on separation for one year and seven months. She was currently renting a one-roomed house.
“Wazi came to my house to ask for the child and said that he will burn me in the house. He even said that we are a family of prostitutes because he slept with my sister,” she said
Asked by Wazi if she never came home drunk when they differed, Mudenda admitted being drunk after a kitchen party.
In defence, Wazi said that he did not want to divorce Mudenda because children would suffer.
Magistrate Nyendwa said that it was evident they were not staying well because Mudenda was stripping his wife naked.
She said that there was no love in the family because Wazi threatened to poison Mudenda and that his family was interfering in the marriage.
She granted the couple divorce ordering Wazi to compensate Mudenda K6000 with initial payment of K1000 followed by monthly installments of K400 and to be paying children maintenance fee of K300 per month. Property acquired together to be shared equally.