She is only 22 years old but she has 4 children and has been married for 14 years


22-YEAR-OLD woman narrated before a Lusaka local court that her husband speaks to his girlfriend on phone in her presence while she is listening.

This is in a case in which Rita Bulongo of Kanyama compound sued her husband, Renox Mwiinga, 25, for divorce. The two got married in 2004 and have four children. This brings their marriage of 14 years to an end.

Bulongo told senior court justices Morgan Kayanika and Esther Mulomba at Kanyama Local Court that problems in their marriage started in 2017 when Mwiinga ‘acquired’ a girlfriend he could talk to on phone in her presence at night while she was listening.

She said that eight months ago, Mwiinga got households and went to his girlfriend.

‘’I am chased from the rented house and I eat by begging and children are starving. I need to go back to the village because I don’t have relatives here but I don’t know how I will go,’’ Bulongo said. In defence, Mwiinga denied having a girlfriend and that he was just surprised to see Bulongo throwing his belongings outside the house. He said that he also wanted a divorce. The court said that it was clear that the couple had problems especially that even Mwiinga also wanted a divorce.

The court granted divorce ordering Mwiinga to compensate Bulongo K4000 by monthly instalments of K200 and to be paying children maintenance fee of K500 per month.

The court ordered that households acquired together to be shared equally. The court ordered Mwiinga to provide K1000 transport money for Bulongo to go to the village not later than October 22, 2018.

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