THE increasing number of boarding houses in residential areas of Lusaka is causing havoc in many families as wives complain that their husbands are cheating with female college students.
The wives are now calling on the authorities to close unregistered boarding houses, saying they have been turned into brothels.
“These students are all over the place hunting for men, especially in Kabwata. I have now caught my husband twice with one of these students, but the next time it happens again I will beat her up and teach her a lesson she will never forget,” said one woman who could not give her name.
She claimed that most of the female students go out with married men for money.
“They come here and spend all the money their parents give them for tuition and upkeep and they start flirting with married men to give them money,” she said.
Ms Temwani Mwale of Rhodes Park claimed that husbands would lie to their wives that they were going to local pubs to watch the English Premier League football, when in fact they were seeing girlfriends at boarding houses in the neighbourhood.
“I think parents need to sit down with these students before they send them to school; most of them are good girls when they go home but when they are here they join their friends in misbehaving; I don’t think they can pass their exams,” she said.
And speaking on the condition of anonymity one of the students told the Daily Nation that it was unfair for female students living in boarding houses to be blamed for breaking marriages.
“How can one tell if a man is married or not? I think the students are just scapegoats. If their marriages are not working out, these wives should not blame it on students.
‘‘We are here for education, that is all. Moreover it’s not everyone involved in such things,” she said