Blantyre man divorces wife for being rude jerk

The Limbe Magistrates Court on Thursday dissolved an eight-year old marriage following along disagreements between the couple.

Yohane Mphaya, a resident of Chiwembe residential area, told the court he was forced to seek divorce on the grounds that his wife was rude and that  she was ill-treating his two daughters he fathered with ex-wife.

He told the court that the wife’s rude behaviour was unbearable and that she was not fit to raise his children. Mphaya and Paida got married in 2004 and have no children together.

The man further said efforts by their marriage and church counsellors had failed to reconcile them late alone influenced his wife to change her “downright ruddiness” and cold towards him.

However, Paida denied the allegations levelled against her by Mphaya and accused him of failing his duty as husband to take care of her.

She told the court that the man was “selfish” and that he only wanted to divorce her because she was “ugly and sick.”

“When he suffered stroke I took good care of him but the moment I fell sick he could not look after me as his wife. And on several occasions he said he will divorce me because I was sick and ugly,” said Paida.


Magistrate Lyson Wilson Chitsulo said the court had convincing facts to dissolve the marriage.

Chitsulo while finding both Mphaya and Paida responsible for the downfall of their marriage, said the wife was hugely to blame for the dissolution of the marriage due to her consistent rudeness and ill-treatment towards her two step-daughters.

“Considering the facts raised here, the court has decided to dissolve the marriage. It is clear that divorce was only solution in this case due to disagreements between the two which the church and marriage counsellors have failed to resolve.

“I therefore order the husband to pay the wife K60, 000 as compensation with K10, 000 to be paid upfront and the rest in monthly instalments of K5, 000. And court would require furnishing it with list of the property that was bought during the periods you were together,” Chitsulo said in his ruling.

Mphaya was all smiling as the magistrates read his ruling and soon after the case he went straight to hug his two daughters present at the court.

The wife was looking grumpy-faced.

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