VICTORIA KASANGA writes
A Ndola woman lost her temper in court and descended on her pleading husband with her sandals when he knelt before her to ask for forgiveness.
As the woman insisted that she wanted to divorce her husband, the man crept towards her and knelt down to plead for forgiveness.
Charles Chulu, 28, wept as he pleaded for a second chance while the uncompromising wife, Febby Mulenga 22, remained stone-faced.
In a flash of a second, the woman got enraged, took off her scandals briskly and started flapping them on him in the unfolding drama that took the court and the audience by surprise.
Ms Mulenga also sobbed as she took the law in her hands, drumming the man on his back using sandals.
Kabushi local court presiding magistrate Mildred Namwizye sitting with Evelyn Nalwizya, was forced to suspend proceedings for 20 minutes in the ensuing drama.
The woman bitterly complained that at one time the husband beat her to the extent that she lost her pregnancy, hence she would not dare get back to him. She had sued for divorce.
Ms Mulenga narrated before the court that the two of them got married in 2010 and have two children.
“From the time we got married, we have been facing problems as he does not provide anything for me and accuses me of being unfaithful,” she said.
She said the only time she felt cared for was when she lived with her mother-in-law for a year as the husband was not working and could not provide for her and their child.
Ms Mulenga complained that her husband would beat her even when she had not done anything wrong.
She said the husband only left K20 and expected her to get relish for three days adding that once it was used up in less than three days, he would not buy any food in the house.
But Mr Chulu who continued to plead with his wife, said divorce would affect the upbringing of their children.
“Life has been difficult for me but my partner does not understand. I am currently not working and it is difficult to maintain everything like I used to do before,” he said.
He said his wife has an illicit affair with a man identified as Danny who told him that she never told him that she was married.
Mr Chulu said despite his wife’s infidelity, he was willing to continue in the marriage for the benefit of the two children.
When the court asked whether the woman was ready to forgive her husband, she vehemently refused which led the man to continue sobbing in court.
In passing judgment, the court dissolved the marriage on grounds that the woman had lost interest in her marriage and ordered that the property should be shared equally.
The court also ordered that the two children should be in the custody and care of the man’s parents until he finds a job.