CHINTU MALAMBO writes
THE Lusaka High Court has dissolved the marriage between Nalolo Independent Member of Parliament George Imbuwa and his wife Ushe Mweemba who left him for allegedly abandoning the matrimonial home.
High court judge Mapani Kawimbe has granted the couple a decree nisi as prayed for by Ms Mweemba.
In this matter Ms Mweemba had petitioned the Nalolo Member of Parliament for divorce for allegedly abandoning their matrimonial home and instead living at the Parliament motel since 2016.
In a petition for dissolution of marriage Ms Mweemba wanted the High Court to dissolve their marriage because she could not put up with her husband’s behaviour which had tormented her and the children.
“Even when he comes home to sleep, the respondent sleeps in a separate room. The respondent denies me my conjugal rights and he stopped talking to me in 2017 despite several attempts to engage him over the matter,” Ms Mweemba said.
She claimed Mr Imbuwa had stopped having meals with the family since 2016 as he preferred food from restaurants or takeaways.
But Mr Imbuwa in his in his cross petition and answer, refuted assertions that the marriage had broken down irretrievably because of his unreasonable behaviour, but that of Ms Mweemba’s unreasonable behaviour.
Imbuwa accused his wife of not staying at home and returning late at around 22 hours and sometimes in the ‘wee’ hours of the morning two to five times a week.
The law maker contended that his wife’s unreasonable behaviour had been characterised by excess drinking, which resulted in violent confrontations whenever he questioned her of her where about and her regular habit of returning home late.
Mr Imbuwa prayed that their 12 year marriage be dissolved and that Ushe should vacate their matrimonial home as he purchased it before the marriage was solemnized.
In her judgement justice Kawimbe was satisfied that the marriage had broken down irretrievably on the ground that the petitioner and the respondent have lived separately and apart from a continuous period of two years, immediately preceding the presentation from September 2016 to day.
The court noted that the pair was not willing to reconcile and the respondent consented to the granting of a decree nisi.
“I therefore dissolved the marriage between the petitioner and the respondent celebrated on 21, November 2011 as prayed for by the petitioner and accordingly grant the decree nisi. The decree nisi will be made absolute six weeks from the date of this judgement,” ordered justice Kawimbe.
She said she will determine the question of custody, while the learned deputy registrar will determine the question of property settlement upon application by either party and that each party will bear their own costs.