A man who got into a habit of deserting his wife each time she fell pregnant has lost his marriage in a Lusaka local court.

This was in the matter in which Marjory Nsomfwa, 35, of Chaisa compound sued her husband, Misheck Phiri, 42, surveyor of Chazanga compound for divorce because of his unreasonable behaviour.

Nsomfwa told Senior Court Magistrate Lewis Mumba sitting with Magistrate Pauline Newa at Matero Local Court that she has never enjoyed her marriage because every time she fell pregnant, Phiri deserted her and only returned home after the child was born.

However, Phiri said that he still loved his wife.

The two got married in 2004 and have five children. Dowry was paid.

She explained that she sued him for reconciliation at the Boma Local Court when she had a fifth child but Phiri vanished into thin air.

Nsomfwa said later she learnt that Phiri had married another woman whom he was currently staying with.

Nsomfwa further said that she survived by doing piece works and selling sour milk , adding that the landlord confiscated all  household goods because of the failure to pay rentals.

She said that they had been on separation for eleven months and that children had stopped going to school due to lack of money.

In defence, Phiri said that Nsomfwa was a victim of bad influenced from her friends because she stopped regarding him as a husband.

He explained that last time they differed she took his clothes and threw them outside the house.

He could not remember when they last made love.

In submission, Nsomfwa said that she wanted to divorce because she feared contracting diseases as Phiri went after prostitutes in bars.

Magistrate Mumba said that Phiri had unreasonable behaviour of running away from his wife each time she became pregnant.

He granted the couple divorce ordering Phiri to compensate Nsomfwa with K10, 000 with initial payment of K500 followed by monthly instalments of K250 and to be paying children maintenance fee of K500 per month.