A man has told a court that his wife of 14 years beats him severely and ties his penis with wire every time they have a misunderstanding.
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Jackson Sichamba, a carpenter, said this during the hearing of a divorce case initiated by his wife, Bridget Kabwe, at Kabushi Local Court in Ndola, Zambia.
Jackson, 45, said he and Bridget, 33, had lived well when they got married but problems started when she started stopping him from going out to drink. He said whenever he got paid, his wife would grab his entire salary leaving him with nothing.
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Jackson complained that each time he went against his wife’s advice not to drink, she would beat him mercilessly and tie wires around his manhood.
“My wife is a violent woman, Each time I come back from drinking, she used to beat me and tie my manhood with wires.”
But Bridget testified that Jackson had a habit of misusing money.
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According to her, each time he got paid, he would disappear and only return home after he had squandered all the pay on beer. She told the court that they married in 2005 and had two children and that Jackson had paid K30 dowry. She said her husband used to insult her the whole night causing neighbours to complain because they could not sleep.
Bridget told the court they moved to Lusaka in 2014 to live with her husband’s sister until 2017 when they found their own house. She said he disappears for as long as a month after receiving his salary and only comes home when he had exhausted the money.
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She said one time he disappeared from home and when she called him the following day, he told her he had been arrested for loitering. However, when she went to check on him at the police station he was not there. Instead, she found him drinking beer with his friends.
Bridget said while they were still in Lusaka, Jackson sold their fridge, abandoned the family and left to live in Ndola. She stated that she managed to raise some money and sold some things in the house and followed him to Ndola because she could not manage to pay rent and look after their children alone.
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In passing judgment, the court dissolved their marriage on grounds that the wife had lost interest in it. It ordered Jackson to compensate Bridget with K7,000 with the first payment of K1,000, thereafter K300 monthly and to pay K300 per month for child maintenance.