MWILA NTAMBI, Kitwe
A 44-YEAR-OLD man of Kitwe could not hold back his tears of joy last week when his wife, who had earlier sued him for divorce, decided to withdraw the case.
This is in a case in which Rhoda Nkaka, 32, sued her husband, Moses Banda, 44, for divorce on grounds that he was irresponsible and turned violent whenever he got drunk.
The couple got married in 2009 and has four children between them.
But when the matter came up for judgment before senior presiding magistrate Nsama Banda, Nkaka told the court that she had decided to withdraw the divorce case against her husband because their issues had been resolved.
â€œYour honour, we sat down as a family and resolved our issues. Everything is ok now. He is still my husband,â€ Nkaka said.
And an elated Banda could not hold back his tears as he thanked his wife for giving him a second chance.
â€œThank you so much my love. I promise to change for the better,â€ he said.
Magistrate Banda counselled the couple to love one another and embrace mutual respect and forgiveness if their marriage is to succeed.
She advised the defendant, Moses Banda, to minimise his alcohol consumption and focus on providing for his family because that was his responsibility as the man of the house.
â€œYou should find a job and start providing for your wife and children because your wife has been providing for the family all this time. Such things bring problems in marriages,â€ she said.
Earlier when the matter came up for divorce hearing a fortnight ago, Nkaka said that all was well when the couple started staying together but problems began in 2011 when her husband resorted to beer-drinking.
She testified that in 2015, the drinking problem worsened as her husband started taking spirits and that he could even wake up in the middle of the night to go and buy alcohol.
Nkaka narrated that the alcoholism degenerated into a situation where her husband insulted her at will and that for that reason, there was no peace at home.
She narrated that on New Yearâ€™s Eve, her husband battered her for merely switching on the lights in the bedroom when he wanted them off.
But a remorseful Banda begged his wife to forgive him for all the wrongs he had committed in their marriage and that the couple should stick together and look after their children.
Banda said he sometimes reacted violently when provoked by his wife because she had no respect for him.
MWILA NTAMBI, Kitwe