ZAMBIA Amateur Athletics Association (ZAAA) president, Elias Mpondelaâ€™s wife, Judith, has petitioned for divorce in the Lusaka High Court, alleging the adulterous behaviour of her husband.
Ms Mpondela, who is seeking a divorce pursuant to section 1(2) (a) of Matrimonial Cause Act of 1973, submitted that the couple got married at Saint Ignatius Parish Church on October 24, 1987 and have four children together.
This is in a divorce case in which Ms Mpondela has sued her husband and another Lusaka woman Leah Banda-Mwale who is alleged to be having an affair with Mr Mpondela.
She submitted that there have been previous proceedings in the Zambian courts concerning the couple’s separation last year and a criminal matter in which she was allegedly assaulted by Mr Mpondela.
Ms Mpondela had stated that her marriage had broken down irretrievably in that her husband had allegedly committed adultery with Ms Banda-Mwale and that she found it intolerable to live with him.
She alleged that Mr Mpondela had on numerous occasions been arrogant and violent towards her and that he had assaulted her physically and mentally.
Ms Mpondela alleged that her husband’s affair with Ms Banda-Mwale was now a matter of public knowledge in that she (Ms Banda-Mwale) and her late husband’s marriage was dissolved by the High Court on proof of adultery.
She submitted that in May 2005, her husband (Mr Mpondela) was fined K1.5 million by the Chilenje Local Court over his affair with Ms Banda-Mwale and that she was present during all the deliberations and heard for herself the episode of events.
She claimed that as a result of Mr Mpondela’s adulterous and unreasonable behaviour, they are even now on separation.
Ms Mpondela wants the court to dissolve the marriage and that she continues to have custody of the children but that her husband should only have reasonable access to them.