Choir practice wrecks Mansa marriage

A FORTY-FIVE-year-old man has narrated before the Mansa local court how his wife of 20 years occasionally came home at night with stained underwear claiming that she was at choir practice.

This was heard before senior local court magistrate Leontina Zaloumis sitting with magistrate Margaret Sankalimba in a case in which Gift Chongo, 32, of Musumali village in Mansa has sued her husband Geoffrey Chanda for divorce.
In his evidence, Chanda alleged his wife was promiscuous and a thief, who stole his money meant for business.
The two tied the knot in 1997 and have four children. Bride price was paid.
“My wife spends nights outside our matrimonial home and each time she comes back home, I check her underwear and I always find semen,” he narrated in open court.
Chanda charged his wife is fond of sleeping with other men and tells him that she has lost interest in their marriage.
He also accused his wife of running away from home after she stole his money and only came back home after she squandered it.
Chanda said when he married Chongo, all was well in their marriage until in 2011 when his wife decided to join a choir group at the United Church of Zambia (UCZ).
He said his wife stayed away from home for long hours on the pretext that she was attending choir practice when in fact not.
Chanda also accused his wife of receiving phone calls at midnight and that one day when a call came in, she left the house, only to come back at 01:00 hours.
He narrated that his wife has since ran away from their matrimonial home and is living with another man.
And Chongo said problems in their marriage started just after her husband married her at the age of 12.  
She said throughout their marriage, she has never known peace as her husband beats her up and calls her a prostitute.
Chongo said her husband hits her with a hoe or anything he sets his eyes on.
She begged the court to grant them divorce because she fears for her life.
Magistrate Zaloumis adjourned the case so that the court can view the properties that the couple have to share equally.  


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