Zambia top politician Ephraim Belemu files for divorce

Former Mbabala MP Ephraim Belemu has petitioned the Lusaka High Court to annul his marriage to Sylvia Mushipe as it is beyond repair.
Grace Chaile Lesoetsa, Reporter

Former Mbabala MP Ephraim Belemu has petitioned the Lusaka High Court to annul his marriage to Sylvia Mushipe as it is beyond repair.

But the wife has asked the Lusaka High Court to block the divorce case pending a hearing and decision on her ‘willful neglect’ claim, saying Mr Belemu has been financially neglecting the family since he left the marital home in 2012, shortly after his election as MP for Mbabala.

According to a divorce petition filed in the Lusaka High Court, Mr Belemu said he and his wife, an accountant, were married on May 16, 1998 at the Lusaka Civil Registry.

He said they had four children together.

The petitioner stated that he and his wife had lived separately for an uninterrupted period of at least five years immediately prior to the filing of the petition.

Mr Belemu said that since 2013 they had been sleeping in separate rooms by mutual agreement and the wife then moved out of the marital home.

However, Ms Mushipe, who applied for a voluntary injunction and was granted an injunction on December 21, 2021, said the court was staying the divorce proceedings.

She explained that despite being granted a restraining order, Mr Belemu still owns property, including the Land Cruiser BAE 9746, which he advertises on social media.

She adds that the husband also sold property No. L/27362/M, in Silverest, Lusaka to Isaac Chipampe and Mercy Chipampe.

Ms. Mushipe said the petitioner barely takes care of the children.

“I have four school going children who urgently need maintenance and support which the petitioner has hardly been providing for, leaving everything to me since he moved out of the matrimonial home in 2012 almost immediately upon been elected as MP for Mbabala constituency. He has been in and out until finally he moved out altogether,” she said.

She said that since she filed the application for wilful neglect, Mr Belemu has provided for two of the children although she still has to meet their other needs.

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