A 29-year-old woman told a Local Court in Lusaka that she is tired of begging her husband to make love to her when he is busy flirting with other women.
This is in a case in which Emmely Mapulanga of Old Kanyama compound sued her husband, Lewis Shapole, 36, for divorce.
However, Shapole said that he still loves Mapulanga.
The two got married in 1999 and have three children. Dowry was paid. Mapulanga told Senior Court Magistrate Ackim Phiri sitting with Magistrates Sarah Nyendwa and Daniel Phiri at Kanyama Local Court that she married Shapole when he was and that she was providing everything because she was working.
She explained that even after she started business of her own Shapole continued to depend on her for five yearsm,adding that she helped Shapole obtain drivers’ licence. The other day b efore she left for Chongwe she gave Shapole money to start selling cooking oil as a business. On her return she discovered that he used the same money to pay a woman he had impregnated.
Mapulanga further stated that she forgave him but when he started work he became worse and stopped providing for the family.
“I am tired of begging him to make love to me when he is busy flirting with other women because he has two children outside marriage and he comes home at 01.00 hours. I left the matrimonial home on May 30, after he beat and told me that I cannot change him,” said Mapulanga.
In cross-examination, Mapulanga said that she left matrimonial home because Shapole told him that he believes in killing a person.
In defence, Shapole said that he did want to divorce Mapulanga because they have stayed together for 15 years and that they have three children to look after.
Asked by the court what he did when he impregnated another woman, Shapole said that he apologized to Mapulanga.
Asked by Mapulanga if he makes love to her and shaves her pubic hair, Shapole responded in the affirmative.
Passing judgment, Magistrate Ackim Phiri had ordered Shapole to compensate Mapulanga with K8,000 with initial payment of K500 followed followed monthly installments of K300 per month and to be paying children maintenance fee of K150 per month. Property acquired together to be shared equally.