RABECCA BANDA writes
A KALINGALINGA taxi driver has lost his marriage in the Boma Local Court for mistreating his wife of 12 years whom he was ordered to compensate with K6, 000.
John Phiri,33, was sued by his wife Precious,32,a maid of the same compound for divorce.
Precious told senior local court magistrates Sylvia Kabunda sitting with magistates Contilda Kamono and Juliet Mwila that they stayed in harmony when her husband was a garden boy but problems crept into in their marriage last year when he became a taxi driver.
“Suddenly he moved from the bedroom and started sleeping in the living on the pretext he was guarding the car against thieves,
“My husband used to go for work in the morning and returned the next day in the morning,” Precious said.
She said he never called her to confirm his whereabouts and often times he told her he slept in the vehicle.
“I was however surprised that each time he came home from work he looked smart and not like someone who had slept in the car,” Phiri said.
She told the court that one day he home and got some of his clothes and left without telling me where he was going and consequently stopped supporting his three children.
“Both families sat us down but there was no change. I once took him to victim support unit (VSU) but still all was in vain,
“I want a divorce because I can’t force him to be with me and he has no love for me,” Precious said
In his defence, Phiri said his wife lost respect for him and his mother.
“She once told me that because I don’t give her money I should look for another woman to be sleeping with,
“She also tells me that I am not man enough because I only sire girls,” Phiri said.
The court granted divorce on grounds of unreasonable behaviour in the marriage.
The court ordered Phiri to compensate his former wife with K6,000.