A MAN pleaded with a local court not to dissolve his 14-year-old marriage promising that he would stop abusing his wife and be a responsible husband.
Doubt Mansello, 40, of Chibuluma township in Kalulushi told the Boma local court in Kitwe that he still loves his wife, Mary Mwape, and that he would change for the better to save his embattled marriage.
Mansello also said that he did not want his three children to suffer as a consequence of the court dissolving the marriage.
He said this in a case in which Mwape, of Kandambwe township in Kitwe, sued him for divorce.
“I still love my wife very much and I don’t have intentions of leaving her. I don’t want my children to suffer if the court dissolves the marriage. I am ready to change for the better,” he said.
Mansello and Mwape, 32, got married in 1997 through customary marriage.
In her statement, Mwape told the court that she has lost interest in her wayward husband and that she has made up her mind to divorce him.
She said Mansello drinks heavily and that he beats her at any slightest mistake.
Mwape said her husband is an irresponsible man who is insensitive to her needs.
“He does not stay at home. He goes out for months. At one time he went away for a year. What kind of a marriage is that? As a married woman, I have certain needs that can only be attended to by my husband but he is not at home. When he comes home, he would often be drunk and he would start beating me. He does not leave food for his children,” Mwape said.
She said she has known no peace in her marriage because of her husband’s irresponsibility.
“He gets the household goods and gives them to his parents, leaving our house like a play ground,” she said.
In his ruling, Kitwe Boma local court senior magistrate Ackson Mukala noted that Mansello is a troublesome man who has allegedly refused to change for the better.
“This is not the first time you are coming to court. We gave you an opportunity to change but you have remained the same. You are troubling your family,” he said.
The court dissolved the marriage and ordered that Mansello pays Mwape K6 million as compensation in monthly instalments of K200,000.
Magistrate Mukala also warned Mansello against neglecting his children, saying Government is concerned about cases of street kids.
“Make sure you take care of your children that you brought on earth. There are some stepmothers that are not good. There are some people who have lived many years in marriages without children but God gave you children. You need to look after them well,” magistrate Mukala said.
[Zambia Daily Mail]