PATRIOTS for Economic Progress (PeP) leader, Sean Tembo, has divorced his wife of nine years following a dissolution of the marriage by the Lusaka High Court.
According to a decree nisi passed on May 23 this year, High Court Deputy Registrar, Neto Zulu, certified Mr Tembo’s marriage with Boitumelo Vavani dissolved.
“Referring to the Decree Nisi made in this cause on the 14 March 2019, whereby it was decreed that the marriage solemnized at the Lusaka Civic Centre on the 26th of June, 2009, between Sean Tembo, the petitioner, and Boitumelo Vavani Tembo, the respondent, be dissolved unless cause be shown within six weeks of the making thereof why the said decree should not be made absolute and no such cause having been shown, it is hereby certified that the said Decree Nisi was made final and absolute and that the said marriage was thereby dissolved,” Read the court document.
In his divorce petition, Mr Tembo stated that he had been married to Boitumelo Vavani, a lecturer at the University of Botswana, since June 2009 but that they had lived apart for more than two years since he deserted their matrimonial home in Botswana.
“The parties have not cohabited as husband and wife and have lived apart since the petitioner left the matrimonial home in March 2016.
“The petitioner and the respondent last cohabited at Plot No 28429, Block 3, Gaborone, in the Republic of Botswana,” read the petition.
Mr Tembo said he had three children with his wife but there was another child born to him during the marriage.
He told the court that his marriage had broken down irretrievably and that his wife also consented to the plea to have the marriage dissolved.
“The petitioner and the respondent have lived apart for a continuous period of more than two years preceding the presentation of this petition and the respondent consents to a decree being granted,” read part of the petition.
He said his wife would continue having custody of the children while he will be responsible for all accommodation and school fees.