Husband who left K5 for house upkeep divorced


A LOCAL Court in Lusaka has told a man who was leaving K5 or K2 with his wife for food not to marry if he was not ready and proceeded to grant his wife divorce after she sued him.

This advice was given to Misheck Nyambe, 41, a businessman of Kanyama compound by Senior Court Magistrate Abbishine Michelo sitting with Magistrate Lewis Mumba at Kanyama Local Court where he was sued by his wife, Sibupiwa Nosiku, 19, for dissolution of the marriage.

The two got married in 2014 and have one child.

Nosiku told the court that she had never enjoyed her marriage because after a month, Nyambe bought her second hand clothes.

She explained that Nyambe was leaving K5 or K2 for her to buy food.

She said, however, that at one time when she was sweeping the house, she was shocked to discover K1,000 hidden and that when she got K400 to buy a Chitenge for carrying their child as well as clothes, Nyambe was annoyed and demanded that she should refund him.

Nosiku said that when she bought a new sweeping broom, Nyambe told her not to sweep the house again and proceeded to write a divorce letter on August 28.

In defence, Nyambe said that since his business was “igo igo” he gave Nosiku K100 to buy second hand clothes but she continued pestering him for new attire

He explained that he gave Nosiku K2 to buy charcoal and not for food.

Nyambe complained that Nosiku got K400 to buy clothes which was for tithe and offering at church.

But when Nosiku was told to ask Nyambe questions, she caused laughter when she said that sometimes Nyambe would buy a very big cabbage for use as relish for a long time.

Magistrate Michelo said that the court was failing to come up with the grounds for divorce.

He said that if Nyambe was not ready to marry he should not get a wife and granted the couple divorce, ordering Nyambe to compensate Nosiku with K1000 which should be paid in two monthly equal instalments of K500.

He also ordered Nyambe to be paying child maintenance fee of K200 per month. Property acquired together to be shared equally.