A 30-YEAR-OLD woman of Lusaka’s Chalala township narrated to the Lusaka Boma Courts how her husband of 14 years impregnated and infected her with syphilis but prevented her from getting treatment.
This is a case in which Senia Banda sued Paul Sakala, 36, for divorce after failing to cope with his adulterous behaviour and ill-treatment.
Banda told Principal Presiding Magistrate Mable Mwaba and Senior Court Magistrates Miyanda Banda and Dennis Mpundu that she got married to Sakala in 2001 and have five children.
“Sakala is in a habit of abandoning our matrimonial home fails to support us. I started to crush stones to ear money.
Banda told the court that in 2010, Sakala infected her with syphilis but refused to buy medicine or take her to the hospital.
I discovered I was pregnant while I was sick.When I went for antenatal I was found with syphilis and they told me to seek treatment with my husband but he refused,”she said.
Banda told the court that she gave birth without even undergoing treatment and that Sakala continued having sex with her while she was still sick.
“I fell so sick such that I even started bleeding. One day, I found a receipt detailing the purchase of drugs. This was when Sakala admitted that he was taking the medication because he had syphilis,” she said.
Banda pleaded with the court to grant them divorce.
Sakala, a carpenter, admitted before the court having infected Banda with syphilis.
But Sakala denied mistreating Banda and his children.
Passing judgment, the court granted the couple divorce. Sakala was ordered to compensate Banda with K15,000 with the first instalment of K1,000 followed by K300 monthly instalments.
The court also ordered Sakala to pay K300 monthly as child maintenance after awarding custody of the children to Banda.