A 28-YEAR-OLD woman shocked a Lusaka local court when she said that it was better she is divorced by her husband so that she concentrates on her job at a farm.
This is in a case in which Ivy Mwangala, 28, a maid of Kanyama compound, sued her husband, Handsome Sikapopa, 36, a garden boy, for divorce.
The two got married in 2005 and have three children.
Mwangala told Senior Court Magistrate Abbishine Michelo sitting with Magistrate Lewis Mumba in Kanyama Local Court that she never enjoyed her marriage because Sikapopa had been so negligent that children failed to go to school.
She explained that when elders wanted to sit them down, her husband got a whip and chased them away.
Mwangala further told the court that she had been on separation with Sikapopa since June because he threatened to kill her.
In defence, Sikakopa said that as a garden boy at a farm he got Mwangala a job as a maid but the employer was complaining that she was fond of going to her parents.
He explained that when the employer terminated his contract he asked Mwangala to go with him to the village but she refused, saying she owed her brother in law money and that if she stopped work she would be unable to repay the money.
Mwangala told him that it was better she divorced him so that she could continue with her job.
In submission, Mwangala said that it was better she divorced Sikakopa and she remained working at the farm instead of going with him to the village.
Magistrate Michelo granted the couple divorce without compensation but Sikakopa was told be paying child maintenance fee of K300 per month. Property acquired together to be shared equally.