Zambia: Lusaka wife divorces abusive husband, he once threatened to kill her using a hammer whilst she was sleeping

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MY HUSBAND is irresponsible, he

constantly forces me to have sex

with him and then beats me

ruthless, wife begs court to

dissolve her marriage.

This is in a case which Catherine

Miti, 31 of Chawama Township

sued her husband Bernard Miti, 36

of Chibolya compound for divorce.

Bride price was paid.

The couple has been on separation

for seven months now and together

they have one child.

Catherine told the court that she

has never enjoyed her marriage

since 2013, the time when she got

married to Bernard.

Catherine told the court that she

wanted the court to dissolve her

marriage, saying she is scared

living with a man who has

threatened to kill her using a

hammer whilst she is sleeping.

She told the court that her

husband was also in the habit of

telling her that beating a wife is a

sign of love.

“My husband is very ungrateful; I

serve him sex but as soon as we

finish having it, he will start

beating me for no reason. He

would bring up all sorts of

accusations that I am sleeping

with his best friend Gerald ,” she

told the court.

She complained that her husband

does not respect her feelings and

emotions.

“My husband has also developed

the habit of selling the household

goods I bought using my hard

earned monies, I am just tired

living with a man who doesn’t care

about my value,” she said.

She also claimed that her husband

was an irresponsible man who did

not care about the welfare of his

own child.

But in his defense, Bernard a

newspaper vendor pleaded with his

wife to forgive him adding that he

regrets the pain he had caused in

Cathrine’s life.

He accused his wife for

deliberately depriving him his

conjugal rights for more than six

months.

Passing judgment, Magistrate

Gaston Kalala upheld claim for

divorce and granted Catherine

child custody.

Bernard was ordered to pay

Catherine with K8, 000 as

compensation with an initial

installment of K800 to be followed

by K500 starting July month end.

“You will be maintaining your Child

K250 starting July month end,”

Said Kalala.

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