An alcoholic housewife has earned herself a divorce because her husband cannot accept that she be allowed to attend to the bar instead of house chores.
This is a matter brought before court by 65-year-old man who has sued his wife in a Local Court in Lusaka to terminate the marriage.
Fastone Mulenga of Chazanga compound sued his wife, Susan Mwape, 35, for divorce, hardly a year after getting married in 2015.
Mulenga told Senior Court Magistrate Lewis Mumba sitting with Magistrate Pauline Newa at Matero Local Court that he has never enjoyed his marriage because Mwape was not thinking of being a wife but could spend nights in bars.
He explained that Mwape never cooked nor did laundry for him because she was always drunk.
Mulenga added that Mwape sometime even stole his money to buy beer which she shared with friends.
He regretted that Mwape pretended to be a good wife for a while when he married her but later changed.
“There is no need of having a wife who cannot buy food at home but just buys beer. I can’t talk to Mwape ‘s family because they are all drunkards, they can just insult me,” Mulenga said.
In defence, Mwape said beer drinking was not a strange thing as even when Mwanza married her she was drinking.
She accused Mwanza of having other reasons for demanding a divorce. Mwape explained that she started drinking beer when she was a toddler and that she couldn’t stop now.
She said there was nothing she could do about her consuming of beer since Mulenga didn’t like it but demanded compensation for the time she spent with him.
Passing judgment, Magistrate Mumba granted the couple divorce without compensation.