MARY PHIRI writes
A 58-YEAR-OLD farm employee of Kasongo settlement in Luanshya caused laughter in a local court when he knelt before his wife and begged her not to divorce him over underwear of a woman which was found in their house.
Justin Kasonde, an employee of Golden Lay, made the plea in a divorce case initiated by his wife, Dorothy Banda aged 54.
In her testimony, Ms Banda said her husband had a tendency of bringing women in their matrimonial house whenever she was working out of town.
The two were appearing before Ndola’s Kabushi Local Court Presiding Magistrate Mildred Namwizye sitting with Evelyn Nalwiya.
Ms Banda said from the time they got married, her husband had been sleeping with different women despite forgiving him on countless times.
She said that she was tired of his acts and wanted to divorce him because he showed no signs of changing.
“He brings women in my house and sleeps with them on our matrimonial bed.
The last time I went to work in Ndola I found a pair of pants in our bedroom and when I asked him where the it came from he claimed he did not know.
I am tired of this man’s acts I want a divorce,” she said.
But Mr Kasonde in his defence denied the accusations and said that he did not know who brought the underwear in their house.
“I admit cheating on my wife once when I impregnated a woman five years ago and she is aware of it because she threatened to divorce me and only forgave me when our two families sat and I pleaded with her,” Mr Kasonde said.
He said that the underwear which was found in their house was not a reason enough to end their marriage because he loved his wife and respected her.
Magistrate Namwizye reconciled the two after Mr Kasonde went on his knees to ask for forgiveness.
She told the couple to live in harmony and put God first by letting him guide their marriage.