A 47-YEAR-OLD man who denied his wife conjugal rights for seven months has been divorced in a Lusaka local court.
This was after his wife complained that the couple had not made love for seven months because her husband ‘did nothing’ after returning from his beer drinking sprees.
This was heard in a case in which Mary Phiri of Misisi compound sued her husband, Golden Mumba, 47, for divorce on allegation that he was abusive and that he had chased her from the matrimonial house.
The two got married in 1989 and have six children.
Phiri told Senior Court Magistrate Daniel Phiri sitting with Magistrates Ackim Phiri and Sarah Nyendwa at Kanyama Local Court that she had never enjoyed her marriage.
She said after work Mumba would go straight to a nearby tavern and when she followed him to ask for money for food, he insulted and chased her by throwing stones at her.
She explained that Mumba would tell her off that she was not woman enough for him and asked why she followed him.
She would then go to the rail line to look for somewhere to spend a night.
In cross-examination, Phiri admitted denying Mumba conjugal rights because he always told her that she had a bad odour in her bums and did not want to apologize for such bad remarks.
Asked by the court if they had sat down to resolve the matter, Phiri said that they did so on several times and Mumba was found wrong because of his insults.
In defence, Mumba said that Phiri did, want to listen to him and that every time he went for work she would also go to spend time in John Laing compound.
He explained that he was also shocked to find family planning pills in Phiri’s hand bag when they had not made love for seven months.
Asked by the court if he would stay with Phiri without making love, Mumba said that he will ask the court to tell Phiri to be giving him sex-“Niza pemphako khoti kuti akazinipasako.”
Asked if they should be given time to resolve their differences by involving other people, Mumba said he was ready but Phiri said she was tired of her husband.
Mumba knelt down before Phiri to ask her to forgive him promising to stop drinking heavily but Phiri refused and stood her grounds.
He granted the couple divorce ordering Mumba to compensate Phiri with K5000 with initial payment of K1000 followed by monthly instalments of K300 and to be paying children maintenance fee of K400 per month. Property acquired together to be shared equally.
Magistrate Daniel Phiri said that Mumba had contributed to problems in his marriage because of drinking too much beer which resulted in the couple not having sex for seven months.
The court also wondered why Phiri was taking family planning pills when they were not making love.