A 42- year-old woman shocked a Local Court in Lusaka after she narrated how she spent a night in a make shift shop after running away from her violent husband.
This was in a case in which Grace Mwanza of John Laing compound sued her husband, Peter Tembo for divorce.
The two got married in 1987 and have two children.
Mwanza told Senior Court Magistrate Sarah Nyendwa sitting with Magistrates Daniel Phiri and Ackim Phiri at Kanyama Local Court that problems started in 2013 when Tembo retired and decided it was time to turn to beers in a big way.
She explained that Tembo shouted at her in the presence of children and that one day when he came home he hit her on the head thrice with a shovel, cutting her fresh, adding that when she wanted to protect herself from the shovel, her finger was chopped off.
Mwanza said that after that beating Tembo chased her and that she had to spend the whole night in a makeshift shop.
In defence, Tembo said that the problem was that Mwanza was too demanding and was always demanding large sums of money to do second hand (salaula) business.
He explained that Mwanza always demanded K1, 500 and came home with charms to tie around him.
Magistrate Nyendwa granted the couple divorce ordering Tembo to compensate Mwanza K5000 by monthly instalments of K300 and to be paying children maintenance fee of K300 per month. Property acquired together to be shared equally.