By JERRY MUNTHALI
This is in a case in which Donald Chungu is seeking separation from his wife, Jolie Muke Chungu, who is the respondent in the case.
According to a petition for judicial separation filed in the Kitwe High Court, Mr Chungu said he got married to Ms Muke on September 15, 2005 at the Registrar’s office in Kitwe and that the couple has not lived together since July 25, 2012.
Ms Muke is a housewife and that the couple has a child together, born on April 10, 2011. Mr Chungu said his marriage is under considerable stress because Ms Muke has interfered in other people’s marriages.
Mr Chungu alleged that his wife has behaved badly and that he cannot be reasonably expected to live with her. She and their child were taken away to her parents’ residence on July 26, 2012.
He said the relationship between him and his wife has been turbulent and characterised by a lot of intrigue and arguments.
Mr Chungu alleged that his wife has interfered in other people’s marriages and that she previously delivered a child who resembles a man she is alleged to have been associated with.
He also alleged that Ms Muke has refused to take the child for a DNA test to prove paternity.
Mr Chungu also argued that he and Ms Muke had agreed that raising a family would wait until he completed his doctor of philosophy (PhD) programme.
He also said at the time he married Ms Muke, she had just completed a diploma in purchasing and supply.
Mr Chungu said to his “utter shock, surprise and disdain Ms Muke cannot read and write.
He said he has tried to employ different people to teach his wife how to read and write without success.
But Ms Muke said allegations that she interferes in other marriages and that their child is not Mr Chungu’s are not true.
She admitted having difficulties to read and write but she holds a diploma in purchasing and supply.
Ms Muke alleged that Mr Chungu was not highly educated when she got married to him and that she assisted him with funds to enable him to reach the level he has reached
She alleged that Mr Chungu is not interested in her anymore and has on several occasions brought girlfriends home and locked her and their child out.
Ms Muke alleged that Mr Chungu has committed adultery.
The matter comes up for hearing on April 12, 2013 before High Court judge Isaac Chali.