Woman gets divorced for drunkenness

Court divorce lusakavoice.com 2014
Court divorce lusakavoice.com 2014

A LUSAKA housewife’s love for alcohol has earned her a divorce in the Boma Local Court.
Obed Lukama, 37, sued Natasha Chibesa, 31, of Kanyama township.
The couple appeared before principal presiding magistrate Mable Mwaba and senior court magistrate Miyanda Banda.
Lukama, also of Kanyama, told the court he was fed up with Chibesa’s insatiable appetite for alcohol; a habit he said keeps Chibesa away from their matrimonial home for long hours.
The two got married in 1999 and have one child together. The court heard that Lukama has paid the bride price for Chibesa.
Lukama complained that Chibesa spends weekends attending kitchen parties, weddings or funerals; occasions he said enabled her to stay out late and go back home drunk.
“She is at every funeral in the neighbourhood and normally moves to the funeral home only to re-surface after burial. If not at a funeral, then she is attending a kitchen party or wedding,” he said.
Lukama said there was a time Chibesa fell ill and had to be taken care of by her relatives.
He said when she returned home, her relatives demanded K3,600.
“The second time she fell sick and was diagnosed with tuberculosis, her family took her to recuperate and demanded K3,600 upon her return. They also hid the fact that she was on antiretroviral drugs. I only discovered them in her handbag,” he said.
But Chibesa, who did not dispute the claims that she never spends her weekends at home, said all the functions she has been attending have been genuine.
“With regard to my health status, he is aware that I’m on medication. I got sick in his house; otherwise he wouldn’t have married me. That is the reason he cannot divorce me now,” she said.
The court granted the couple divorce and ordered Lukama to pay Chibesa K10,000 as compensation with an initial payment of K1,500 at the November month-end to be followed by K400 monthly.
The court also ordered Lukama to pay K250 monthly as child maintenance.
It also ordered the couple to share the property they have acquired together equally.