A 27-year-old man told a Local Court in Lusaka that it was his cousin and not his girlfriend who his wife found wearing her clothes on her return from giving birth.
Evaristo Sinkala of George compound was testifying in a case in which his wife, Sibeso Muya, 25, sued him for divorce.
The two got married in 2013 and have one child.
Muya told Senior Court Magistrate Lewis Mumba sitting with Magistrate Pauline Newa at Matero Local Court that she has never enjoyed her marriage because Sinkala has been spending nights out and talks to girlfriends on phone in her presence.
She said that when she complains he beats her, adding that Sinkala would give his phone to his girlfriends to insult her (Muya).
Muya said she later sued Sinkala’s girlfriend for insults but his parents advised her to withdraw the case and maintain marriage.
But despite that Sinkala never changed even after getting advice from his parents where she was lodging her complaints.
“When I went to give birth at my parents home Sinkala was bringing women in the matrimonial bedroom and upon my return I found his girlfriend wearing my clothes,
“On August 25, he told me that he wanted to marry another woman by the name of Debora. I sued him for divorce because I refused be in polygamous marriage,” said Muya.
Asked by the court if he beats Muya, Sinkala said that he just pushed her once when she was pulling him when he wanted to buy airtime at night to talk to his boss.
In defence, Sinkala said that he had wanted to resolve the matter at home with both families but was surprised to learn that Muya had sued him for divorce.
Asked by Muya if she did not find his girlfriend wearing her clothes, Sinkala said that the woman she found was his cousin. In submission, Muya said that Sinkala did not love her and that it was the reason she came to court for help. Sinkala said that he had nothing to say.
Passing judgment, Magistrate Mumba said that Sinkala had married a good woman because there are fewer women who reported matters to their husband’s parents.
He said that the marriage cannot continue because there was no love and granted the couple divorce.
The court ordered Sinkala to compensate Muya with K2,000 with initial payment of K500 followed by monthly installments of K300 and to be paying child maintenance fee of K250 per month. Property acquired together to be shared equally.