Pregnant wife refuses to be divorced

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By SARAH T MWANZA –

A WOMAN of Lusaka’s Chipata Township has told a local court that she cannot divorce her husband because she is four months pregnant.
Limbe Mwansa said it was unfair for her husband, Simon Mwansa, to sue her for divorce after having two children with her, besides the pregnancy.
This is a case in which Mwansa, 29, sued Limbe for divorce after the two failed to resolve their marital disputes.
Facts before the court were that the two got married in 2007 and have two children, but problems in their marriage emerged shortly after their wedding.
Limbe, aged 21, claimed that Mwansa hated her whenever she was pregnant. She said this sparked persistent quarrels in their home and shook their marriage.
She said she could not understand why her husband sued her for divorce because as far as she was concerned, all was well in their marriage.
Limbe said Mwansa had never complained to her concerning the challenges they were going through in their marriage.
She said she had no idea that her husband was unhappy in their marriage because she used to do everything for him.
“Even before coming to court this morning, we had sex and we were joking just like a normal couple,” Limbe said. “I had no idea that the reason we were coming to court was because he wanted our marriage to end.”
But Mwansa told the court that he no longer wanted to be in a marriage with his wife because there was no peace in their home.
He said his wife did not respect him and insulted him in front of their children and his relatives.
Mwansa claimed that Limbe did not like his relatives and whenever the couple had a misunderstanding she used to deny him sex but rather asked him to go and sleep with either his mother or sister.
“I want us to go our separate ways so that we could both live and see our children grow because if we continue staying together one will go to prison and the other will go to the mortuary,” Mwansa told the
court.
“How can my wife deny me sex and tell me to go and sleep with my mother or my sister? If that was possible I wouldn’t have married her in the first place.”
Magistrate Lewis Mumba, sitting with Petronella Kalyelye, dismissed the case, saying that the two were just cohabiting because they had told the court that no dowry was paid.

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