By Nation Reporter
A 23-YEAR old housewife of New Kanyama who used screwdrivers to stab her husband during domestic fights has lost her marriage on account of cruelty.
Her husband, Chishala Mwansa, 34, of John Laing compound almost burst into tears as he narrated before a Lusaka Local Court how he was tortured physically and psychologically by his wife.
Testifying in a case in which his wife, Ngosa Zulu, sued him for divorce, Chishala said his wife spent most of her time with her mother drinking beer in bars.
Mwansa said Zulu stabbed him with screw drivers during domestic fights and that it was his first daughter who prepared meals for him because his wife always returned home late and drunk.
Mwansa further said that when he followed Zulu to her mother’s house, she insulted him.
“When Zulu is drunk that is when she makes love to me but when she is sober she gives excuses. I also want divorce,” said Mwansa.
The two got married in 1999 and have four children.
But Zulu told Senior Court Magistrate Sarah Nyendwa sitting with Magistrates Daniel Phiri and Ackim Phiri at Kanyama Local Court that it was Mwansa who had brought problems into their marriage because apart from his bad habit of spending nights out he preferred to listen to his mother.
She explained that she once miscarried because of Mwansa’s promiscuous behaviour, adding that her husband was spending a lot of money on prostitutes.
“I am tired of Mwansa. When I try to reason with him he beats me and I left the matrimonial home three weeks ago because it became worse,” said Zulu.
Magistrate Nyendwa said that the court was convinced that Mwansa was spending nights out and that Zulu’s mother was interfering in the couple’s marriage.
She said it was also true that Zulu drunk too much beer which made her fail do house chores.
She granted the couple divorce without compensation but Mwansa is ordered to be paying children maintenance fee of K400 per month. Property acquired together to be shared equally.