Dowry detail twists reconciliation case

Court divorce 2014
Court divorce 2014

A MAN of Lusaka’s Kanyama Township has refused to reconcile with his ‘wife’ after accusing her of plotting to kill him so that she could inherit his property.
Kaseba Nkomba, 35, told the local court that his ‘wife’, together with her family had on several occasions threatened to kill him so that they could inherit his money.
This was a case in which Anna Kalenga, 27, sued Nkomba for marriage reconciliation after the two failed to resolve their marital dispute.
Facts before the court were that the two eloped in 2009 and have four children but problems in their union emerged shortly after coming together.
Nkomba told the court that from the time the two got married, they had never stayed in peace because his wife’s family used to insult him.

He said Kalenga’s parents had on several occasions told him that he was too old for their daughter hence they did not want her to continue being married to him.
Nkomba submitted that he was on the verge of losing his job because his wife and her relatives followed him at work to insult him in front of his boss and company clients.
He said he was not willing to reconcile with Kalenga for the reason that she was in fact, not his wife because no dowry was paid for her.
“I am willing to pay for damage, the K4,000 I was ordered to pay, but for this woman she is not my wife because no dowry was paid,” he said.
However, Kalenga told the court that her husband was very stingy and used to record whatever money he spent on her.

She said her family was upset with Nkomba because he was a tight-fisted man who refused to provide for his family despite having the capacity to do so.
“My husband just has a habit of dumping women when he gives them children because I am not the first wife or the second but am the third one,” she said.
Magistrate Kalunga Chansa sitting with Contridah Kamono said the two were just cohabiting because no dowry was paid but ordered Kalenga to sue for child maintenance.

Times of Zambia