A 38-YEAR-OLD woman has dragged her husband to court in Lusaka on allegation that he is so violent that she spent most of her nights at her neighbours’ homes.
This is in a case in which Justina Miti of Garden House compound sued her husband, Charles Daka, 52, for divorce on cruelty.
The two got married in 1987 and have six children.
Miti told Senior Court Magistrate Esther Mulomba sitting with Magistrates Abbyshine Michelo and Lewis Mumba at Kanyama Local Court that problems started in 1988 when Daka started accusing her of refusing to have more children and even chased her from the matrimonial home.
She explained that Daka did not like her relatives because in 2004 he beat her in the presence of her brother.
Miti further said that Daka had a girlfriend and that when she had a child, she dumped it at his workplace, adding that her husband demanded that she should breastfeed the child since she (Miti) was also breastfeeding at that time.
Miti said she wanted to divorce Daka because he beat her using a chain and that she spent most of her nights with neighbours, adding that she left the matrimonial home on October 26, 2016.
“When Daka is drunk, he sits outside the house until mid-night. He refuses to be taken inside and if I leave him there, he gets upset and starts beating me,” said Miti.
In defence, Daka said that Miti lied that he beat her but that he was only upset when she escorted a neighbour to go and shout at someone at a nearby shop. Magistrate Mulomba said that it was evident that Daka was violent to Miti because there was nothing he said in his statement to defend himself.
He said that because of gender-based violence (GBV) a lot of women had lost their lives.
She granted the couple divorce ordering Daka to compensate Miti K6000 with initial payment of K500 followed by monthly instalments of K250 and to be paying child maintenance fee of K500 per month. Property acquired together would be shared equally.