Segregative step mother divorced

Written by on August 7, 2019


A Lusaka couple that had been married for eight months, has been divorced in the Chilenje Local Court, over unresolved disputes.

Mary Zulu, 40, of Chawama Township sued her husband, Rapson Chisenga, 48, a care taker of Lilayi Residential area.

This is in a matter the two appeared before senior local court magistrate Ackim Phiri, sitting with senior local court magistrate Harriet Mbewe.

Facts before court were that Zulu initially worked as a live-in maid at Mr Chisenga’s house until he proposed to marry her saying he was impressed with the manner she looked after his two children.

“I accepted and informed my relatives. They charged him K5, 000 dowry but he only paid K1, 000,” she said.

She said, “We got married in November last year, and I brought my two children to live with us.”

She explained that her husband changed suddenly and started going home late after she returned home with K300 out of the K2, 000 he had given her to buy the children’s school requirements and home groceries.

“My husband also started sleeping with clothes on and a few days later told me she wanted our marriage to end,” she said.

Zulu explained that the couple went to court to try and reconcile but that he refused.

“He then called my relatives and told them the marriage was ended. I therefore decided to bring the matter to this court so it can divorce us,” she said.

Zulu said, “I also want him to pay me for a month that I worked for before we got married.”

But in his defense, Chisenga said there was harmony in their marriage for the first three months in marriage until his wife reported started mistreating his children.

“She brought her two children to live with us and asked me to sponsor me them while she was mistreating my children. For that I want the marriage to end,” Chisenga said.

“She would lock me out of the house when I return home late, and she is careless with money,” he said.

“Several times, she told me to hire a maid to take care of my two children, I want the marriage to end because we have failed to live together,” he said.

The court granted divorce and ordered Chisenga to compensate his former wife with K1, 000 and share the household goods equally.

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