Wife pours hot porridge on husband, opts for ex-boyfrien,

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A 23-YEAR-OLD man of Lusaka West has sued his 22-year-old wife for divorce after she poured hot porridge on him and told him she no longer loved him but the ex-boyfriend.
Lottie Mugonde said his wife, Esther Shamatanga, had threatened to kill him on several occasions, as she was no longer interested in staying with him.
Facts were that the two got married in 2009 and have one child but problems in their marriage started shortly after their wedding.
Mugonde told the court that his wife never respected him and would pick unnecessary quarrels and hit him with anything that was available.
Mugonde showed local court magistrate Petronella Kalyelye the burns he sustained from the hot porridge, adding that his wife was now threatening to kill him with a knife.
“I just want the court to free me from this slavery I have been in for a long time,” Magonde said.
“This woman will end up killing me if we continue staying together.”
But in her defence, Shamatanga told the court that the pouring of the porridge on Mugonde was just an accident.
She, however, said that her husband was a womaniser and an irresponsible man who was in the habit of bringing his girlfriends to the couple’s matrimonial home.
“I loved my husband but I have seen that we can’t stay together, it is better to just separate us before we kill each other,” she said.
Ms Kalyelye, sitting with Lewis Mumba, divorced the couple as it was clear that there was unprecedented violence in their marriage.
The court,however, ordered Mugonde to compensate his wife with K2,000 and a monthly K150 as child maintenance.

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