Mazabuka Hubby divorces wife over failed Microbicide clinical trials

A Mazabuka man has divorced his wife in the local court for taking part in the failed Microbicide clinical trials under the Microbicide Development Programme (MDP) without his knowledge.

Roy Halumba told Mazabuka Local Court Magistrate, Hellen Moonga that the investigations he conducted at MDP established that his wife, Annety Halumba was enrolled under the study as a single woman when she was married to him.

Mr Halumba said he did not support the enrollment of his wife in the clinical trials because they resulted in his wife falling pregnant from another man.

He also told the court that his wife was given a K 20,000 by MDP which he refused to accept on principle.

But his wife, Annety told the court that she registered for the trial at MDP to protect herself from contracting HIV/AIDS since she was in a polygamous marriage.

Mrs Halumba said staff at MDP informed all the participants that the drug had the capacity to prevent HIV/AIDS transmission.

She said although MDP paid her transport refunds, she did not use all the drugs as prescribed but threw them away at times.

Local court Magistrate, Ms Moonga granted the couple divorce.

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