Free me from my husband, before he kills me


A THIRTY-THREE-year-old woman has begged the Matero local court to free her from her husband fearing he might kill her.

The woman told the court that she feared to be killed if she continued staying with her husband.

This is in a case where Matildah Mukelabai, of Lusaka’s Lilayi Police Camp sued Mwangala Mukelabai 35, of Lusaka’s Mtendere Township for divorce after the two failed to resolve their marital disputes.

Facts before the court were that the two got married in 2003 and have one child but problems started when Mwangala stopped working.

She said from the time her husband stopped working, he had been insecure and beat her up whenever they differed.

“I don’t want to die at a tender age from the brutal beating of my husband, I have people who depend on me for their survival,” she said.

And in his defence, Mwangala told the court that he used to stay in peace with his wife until he stopped working.
He told the court that his wife later chased him out of the house and gave him all the household goods and told him that she never wanted to see him again.

Mwangala added that his wife later denied him access to his child, saying the child never belonged to him.

“Troubles started after I stopped working, my wife stopped respecting me and I had no say in our house,” he said.

When passing judgment, magistrate Petronella  Kalyelye   granted the two divorce and the custody of the child was given to the woman.

The court ordered Mwangala not to compensate his wife because she was the one who first chased him out of the house.