ONLY three years into marriage, a 21 year old Lusaka housewife has asked the Chawama local court to grant divorce because her husband wants a woman with big buttocks.
Mavis Kapotwe told senior court magistrates Sarah Nyendwa and Mubukwanu Matakala that she is fed up of constantly being verbally abused by her husband Field Kapotso, 32, because she is slender.
Kapotwe of John Laing was testifying in a case in which she sued her husband Kapotso of the same township for divorce. The two got married in 2012 and have one child together. Bride price was paid.
Kapotwe said problems in their marriage started when Kapotso got himself a girlfriend.
“It was great in the beginning but after he found a girlfriend, I changed from being his honey to being called a urinating chamber.
He insults me and tells me that I am not woman enough because I have small buttocks and that he prefers a big woman with a huge behind. He says I don’t sexually satisfy him because of my body size,” she said.
Kapotwe also complained that Kapotso was a stingy man who rarely bothered to give her money to buy home basics.
“I can’t continue to suffer as if I don’t have a home to go back to. I would rather be divorced and safe than married, unhappy and living with HIV,” she said.
In his statement, Kapotso told the court that the problem in their marriage is that his wife is having an extra marital affair with his brother who had come to visit him from the village.
“I am a security guard so I usually work night shift but my wife took it as an opportunity to start an affair with my brother. My brother told me that she would usually wear skimpy clothing when I am at work to seduce him” he said
Passing judgment, the court granted divorce and ordered Kapotso to pay K5, 000 as compensation in monthly instalments of K250 starting April monthend.
The court also ordered Kapotso to pay K200 monthly as child maintenance. The couple was also ordered to share equally property bought together.