A THIRTY-SIX-year old man of Mansa narrated before the Mansa Local Court how his ‘heartless’ mother-in-law allegedly forced his wife to abandon him after losing his right leg through amputation.
Pethias Ng’andwe told the court that his mother-in-law also forced his wife to file for divorce as she could not allow her daughter to continue in marriage with a man with only one leg.
This was according to evidence in a case in which Ng’andwe sued Evelyn Chabala for release of a wife.
Ng’andwe told senior local court magistrate Christopher Nkandu, who was sitting with magistrate Mirriam Chilufya, that he has been in marriage with Yvonne Chabala for 10 years and the two lived happily until last year when his leg was amputated due to an illness.
The court heard that his wife informed him that her mother had threatened to disown her if she continued in marriage with him.
“After my leg was cut, my mother-in-law stopped regarding me as her son-in- law. One day, I went home and found a canter loading my property, wife and my children without my knowledge,” Ng’andwe said.
He said after two days, he received a court summon to avail himself before the court in a divorce case filed by his mother-in-law on grounds that he was incapable of taking care of his family because of his condition.
He said the court opted to reunite the couple but his mother-in-law still refused to allow her daughter to return to her matrimonial home.
“From June last year, I have never seen my wife and children, and I don’t even know where my mother-in-law has taken them” Ng’andwe said.
In giving her side of the story, Chabala claimed she did not know where her daughter and grandchildren are.
She, however, told the court that her daughter complained that Ng’andwe was an irresponsible man and a drunkard.
And magistrate Nkandu ordered Chabala to avail her daughter before the court on January 16 so that she can state her position on her marriage with Ng’andwe.