MIKE MUGALA, Lusaka
A THIRTY-NINE-YEAR-OLD woman of Makeni Villa has told the Kanyama local court how she has struggled for 20 years to wash clothes
as a way of raising money to fend for her children while her husband spends his money on beer.
This is in a case in which Lubasi Mwanga sued Nosiku Mutukwanu for divorce. Facts before the court were that the two got married in 1997 and have six children together. Bride price was paid.
When she gave her testimony, Mwanga told the court that she lives in a one room house with her husband and their six children.
She told the court that a curtain demarcates the room.
“I have been surviving on piece work since we got married. My husband spends his money on beer and does not even provide for our children. He always tells me to look for a wealthy man whenever I ask him to pay the bills,” Mwange said.
In her submissions, she told the court that it was better for the pair to live separately because her husband is irresponsible.
But Mutukwanu refuted the claim and told the court that problems in their marriage started in 2017 when he was trenched.
He told the court that his wife lost respect for him and that she does not talk to him most of the time.
“I have been trying by all means to look for a job but things are just difficult at present. It is true I drink beer but I paid for our children’s school when things were okay with me,” Mutukwanu said.
In passing judgement, magistrate Abbyshine Michelo reconciled the couple and urged Mutukwanu to be responsible and find something to do.