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Wife sues hubby over Whatsapp pictures

KAPALA CHISUNKA, Lusaka
A NDOLA man’s indiscreet behaviour of posting pictures of himself with his girlfriend on social media has landed him in the Chawama Local Court.
Moffat Lwendo, 30, was dragged to court by his wife Rebecca Siyankombo, 31, of Chilanga who complained to senior court magistrates Mubukwanu Matakala and Sarah Nyendwa that she was fed up with seeing pictures of her husband and his lover being posted in compromising positions on WhatsApp.
WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging application which allows users to exchange messages without having to pay for service.
Siyankombo said this in a case in which she sued Lwendo for divorce. The two got married in 2008 and have one child. However, Siyankombo has a daughter from her previous relationship. The court also heard that the bride price was paid.
Siyankombo said problems in their marriage started two years into their marriage when Lwendo was transferred to Ndola.
“I discovered he had a girlfriend and he confessed when I asked him about it. But when I travelled to Mansa to re-write my grade 12 examinations, I noticed he was constantly changing his profile pictures on WhatsApp, usually posting pictures of himself and a woman,” she said.
When she returned from Mansa, Siyankombo told her in-laws, a meeting was called and both were counselled but a week later, Lwendo went back to his lover.
“When I followed his lover’s family, I was told Lwendo was their son-in-law and that he was marrying their daughter. He told them he was single but had a child. When he heard I had been to see that family, he chased me from home and demanded divorce. In the confusion, I also discovered that I was pregnant,” she said.
Siyankombo said she later sued him for reconciliation but he refused to reconcile.
But Lwendo complained that he finds his wife’s behaviour intolerable as she is extremely moody and disrespects him.
“My girlfriend has nothing to do with this. I never hid it from her. The issue is that she doesn’t pay attention to me at all. She likes playing with her phone and when I complain, she throws tantrums. I don’t love her anymore,” he said.
Passing judgment, the court granted divorce and ordered Lwendo to pay Siyankombo K5,000 as compensation. The couple was also ordered to share property equally. Lwendo was also granted custody of their child.
The court however, advised Siyankombo to sue Lwendo for child maintenance once the baby was born.



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