Violent pastor dragged to court for divorce

A 27-year-old woman has dragged her pastor husband to court in Lusaka to terminate their marriage because his spouse is violent and has  repeatedly been chasing her from home.

This is in a case in which Edina Masumba of Kanyama compound sued her husband, Steven Masumba, 32, a pastor of Orthodox church of the same compound for divorce.

The two got married in 2004 and have three children.

Edina told Senior Court Magistrate Daniel Phiri sitting with Magistrates Sarah Nyendwa and Ackim Phiri at Kanyama Local Court that they were suffering and the church bought them a plot and which they have since developed .

She said Masumba started beating her and he would chase her from the matrimonial home om several occasions.

Edina reported the matter to the church and were  later reconciled but Masumba did not change and continued beating her. The pastor became  flirtatious and his relatives brought him another woman whom he has since married.

“He is a Pastor. His sisters organized people who attacked me and I became unconscious. I left matrimonial home in January 2015 because of beatings,” said Edina.

In defence, Masumba said that shortly after they married Edina started coming home late.

He explained that when he goes for church meetings she sells property from the house and that in 2011 after late president Michael Sata won the elections she became extremly excited and left matrimonial home without saying why.

Masumba further stated that when he went to Egypt for church programme which was initially supposed to take a month but was by two weeks and when he came back he found Edina was not home; the house and children were dirty.

He said that he was also tired of Edina’s behavior and wanted to divorce her.

Passing judgment, Magistrate Daniel Phiri said that Masumba told the court that Edina doesn’t stay home and that she is dirty which she did not challenge.  He said that if Edina does not change the other man who will marry her will also divorce her.  He said that Masumba is also flirtatious and that the women he likes will kill him.

He granted the couple divorce ordering Masumba to compensate Edina K6,000 with initial payment of K1,000 followed by monthly installments of K300 and to be paying children maintenance fee of K400 per month.

He is also ordered to pay Edina K10, 000 for the share of the house in three monthly installments. Property acquired together to be shared equally.