DEPUTY Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Keith Mukata has sued his wife, Gertrude Musyani Mukata, for divorce on grounds that their marriage has broken down irretrievably.
According to his petition for dissolution of marriage filed in the Lusaka High Court recently, Mr Mukata of farm number 691 Ferngroove Kasupe, stated that he has “irreconcilable” differences with Ms Musyani.
He has been lawfully married to Ms Musyani since 1999 but there are no prospects of reconciling the differences in their marriage, he said.
Mr Mukata, who is also MMD Chilanga member of Parliament, said his wife commenced divorce proceedings in 2005 and 2010 respectively but she discontinued the matters, without any order of decree from the court despite him having consented to the dissolution of the marriage last year.
“Our marriage has broken down irretrievably and the respondent (Ms Musyani) has behaved in a manner that the petitioner (Mr Mukata) cannot reasonably be expected to live with her,” part of the petition reads.
Mr Mukata said he has been on separation from his wife from May 1, 2010 and no agreement or arrangement has been reached between the parties, concerning the custody of their children.
He said in or about November 2009, Ms Musyani allegedly told his mother and other family members that she no longer loved him and the only reason she was still in the marriage was because she felt sorry for him because he had been pleading with her to remain in the marriage.
Mr Mukata said between May and October 2010, Ms Musyani had been telling people that her husband is a cruel man who had been abusive to her.
He said Ms Musyani’s intention was to tarnish his political image. Mr Mukata was appointed from the opposition MMD to his current ministerial position when the Patriotic Front assumed power.
He said Ms Musyani’s allegations have caused him embarrassment, ridicule and mental anguish.
Mr Mukata, therefore, prays that the marriage be dissolved, parties be granted joint custody of the children and that each party bears their own costs.