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Matero court ‘saves’ marriage

SYLVESTER CHISHIMBA – Lusaka
THE Matero Local Court ruled in Rodrick Zimba’s favour after he objected to divorce his wife because he still loves her.
The court heard how Zimba, 36, abandoned his wife but refused to be divorced from her because the couple had been through a lot together.
Azedi Banda, 29, sued Zimba for divorce.
Zimba of Chazanga Township expressed his love for Banda before senior court magisrates Lewis Mumba and Petronella Kalyelye, arguing that there was no way he could be separated from his wife of 14 years.
“We have been through a lot together. I love her and I am not prepared to leave her. We have been through thick and thin together,” he said.
On the other hand, Zimba accused Banda of neglecting her duties at home as a wife after she started a business.
“Banda would return home late prompting me to report her behaviour to my parents-in-law,” he said.
Zimba, a taxi driver told the court that Banda had no regard for him when he was going through financial problems.
But Banda said Zimba was the one who suggested that she starts up a business.
She accused Zimba of neglecting the family and opted to spend his money on his girlfriends.
Banda also complained to the court about Zimba’s violent behaviour.
“There was a time I spent four nights outside the house after he locked me out. We have been on separation for two months. I love him and willing to reconcile with him if he promises to change,” she said.
The court ordered the couple to reconcile and advised them to go for marriage counselling.


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