Wife divorced over sons’ circumcision

Wife divorced over sons’ circumcision

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By DICKSON KAMINDA

A MAN of Lufwanyama’s Nkana village has divorced his wife of 20 years for circumcising their two children without his consent.

Isaac Fungulo of Nkana village in Chief Nkana’s area narrated before Kitwe No. Two local court that although he underwent circumcision, he did not allow his wife Lwiza, to circumcise his children.
He said Lwiza was so arrogant and that she has placed him under a ‘petticoat Government’ since they got married in 1990.

Fungulo said he was not the type of man who could be manipulated by Lwiza.
Lwiza sued Fungulo for divorce at the Nkana local court because of matrimonial disputes and both parties agreed to have the matter transferred to another court outside the district.

Lwiza told senior presiding magistrate Moffat Chandenda, sitting with magistrates Mutafela Pumulo and Francis Munsha, that Fungulo insulted her in public after every beer-drinking spree without reasonable cause.

She said Fungulo bragged that he would divorce her and marry a soldier whom he claimed is a real woman.
Lwiza complained that Fungulo was fond of chasing her from their matrimonial home and that he had a habit of throwing away her personal effects whenever they quarreled.

She said each time he chased her from the matrimonial home, she sought refuge in her friends’ homes.
Lwiza’s guardian, Charles Mulenga, agreed with her and urged the court to end the marriage.

But Fungulo told the court that apart from circumcising his two children without his consent, Lwiza also accused him of neglecting his stepdaughter and yet he had sent her to school.

He said Lwiza collected dowry from a man who wanted to marry his stepdaughter, against his advice to turn down the proposal.
Fungulo said he and Lwiza went on separation for three years because she refused to be reconciled by the church.

Passing judgement, the court noted that the couple could not continue in marriage because they both wanted the marriage terminated.
The court granted divorce and ordered Fungulo to pay K6 million as compensation to Lwiza in K200,000 monthly instalments with effect from November 30.

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