Man who could not provide for the family divorced


A HOUSEWIFE who dragged her husband to court in Lusaka on allegation that he doesn’t provide for the family but spends money on beer has been granted divorce by the Local Court.

This is in a case in which Maclina Mweemba, 48, of Marapodi compound sued her husband, Junica Namulela, 52, for divorce.

The two got married in 1989 and have five children.

Mweemba told Senior Court Magistrate Pauline Newa sitting with Magistrate Miyanda Banda at Matero Local Court that Namulela worked but she did not see his money and did not provide for the family.

She explained that on November 2, Namulela got paid and spent money on beer but that surprisingly he wanted to find food after drinking beer.

Mweemba further said that she was tired of feeding Namulela from her pay while he spent money on beer, adding that her husband had consequently failed to pay school fees for the children because he spent most of his time with his girlfriend at 15 miles.

In defence, Namulela said that problems started in 2012 when he lost his job and resorted to doing piece works but money disappeared from his pockets on reaching home.

Namulela further said that he had a girlfriend a long time ago but the relationship died and could only provide for the family whenever he had money.

Magistrate Newa said that there was lack of communication and trust in the marriage.

She said, however, that marriage was a voluntary union, adding that the court could not force Mweemba to remain in the marriage when she did not want.

She granted the couple divorce ordering Namulela to compensate Mweemba with K10, 000 with initial payment of K1, 000 followed by monthly instalments of K400 and to be paying child maintenance fee of K300 per month. Property acquired together would be shared equally.