Long-time separation made woman doubt husband’s status



A HOUSEWIFE has refused to reconcile with her husband in Lusaka Local Court because she doesn’t know his status after they had been on separation for three years. Gertrude Kashweka, 39, a cleaner of old Kanyama compound was testifying in a case in which her husband, Maswabi Nalishebo, 47, a Security Guard sued her for reconciliation. The two got married in 2004 and do not have children. Nalishebo told Senior Court Magistrate Abbyshine Michelo sitting with Magistrate Lewis Mumba at Kanyama Local Court that in 2015 he went to the village to look after his sick mother who had gone blind. He explained that after one year and five months, his mother recovered but when he called Kashweka, she told him not to come. Nalishebo said that he came back to Lusaka in June 2016 but Kashweka chased him away. “I am surprised because it is me who looked for a job for Kashweka at the council but now she chases me and I don’t know if she found another man to marry her,” said Nalishebo. In defence, Kashweka said that Nalishebo had troubled her too much because when she gave him transport money to go to the village in 2013 to harvest rice, he delayed to go. She explained that even after he left, Nalishebo was not communicating with her and that he only called her after a year. She then asked him if he had married,  but he rudely told her off by referring to her as his girlfriend. She said later her father called her and informed her that Nalishebo wanted the dowry returned to him because he wanted to marry another woman in the village. Kashweka refused to reconcile with Nalishebo because she doubted his status after being on separation for three years and that he beat her too much. Magistrate Michelo said that it was unreasonable for Nalishebo to go to the village for over a year without coming back. He ruled a failed reconciliation