PhD student divorces snoring husband

Gibson Mhaka
WEIRD divorce stories are nothing new, but this may be one of the strangest we’ve ever heard.

A  Bulawayo woman studying for a Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) filed for a decree of divorce against her husband of 29 years claiming she was allegedly fed up with his incessant and loud snoring which she said was “like a roaring tractor tilling on dry land”.

In her summons filed at Bulawayo High Court under case number 2800/15 Nhlalwenhle Blessed Tshuma claimed that her husband William Tshuma was depriving her of her sleep with his snoring which is so disruptive that she had never enjoyed a single peaceful night’s sleep.

She also stated that her husband’s heaving snoring was disturbing her reading and that of the children as she is undergoing a PhD programme.

In her submissions Nhlalwenhle said their marriage was also punctuated by a prolonged sex dry spell as they had not shared conjugal rights for over a period of 10 years.

The couple was married in terms of the Marriages Act Chapter 37 on 17 October 1986 and has three children.

According to the application the plaintiff (Nhlalwenhle) said the marriage had irretrievably broken down to such an extent that it cannot be restored as the two parties were now living like strangers under one roof with each one preparing his or her own meal.

“Though the marriage has subsisted, so far it has broken down irretrievably for the following reasons. The two parties are not just compatible. Each part pursues his/her own interest away from the other something which is not normal in a marriage.

“The parties are living like strangers under one roof and each prepare their own meals and have not shared conjugal rights for a period of over 10 years which is a culmination of a marriage that was never a bed of roses in the first 19 years,” reads part of the summons.

The plaintiff also stated that she had lost love for her husband because he was emotionally and verbally abusing her.

“The plaintiff has lost love for the defendant who is of violent disposition especially when he is drunk and this can be confirmed by police records at Hillside Police Station.

The plaintiff has been subjected to all forms of abuse by the defendant like emotional and verbal coupled with threats of meeting big shocks and surprises in the event of ever attempting to divorce the defendant”.

Coming to the odd-ball ground for a split, the plaintiff said:

“In addition to all these bad things, plaintiff has never even one day enjoyed peaceful sleep as the defendant snores like a roaring tractor ploughing on dry land. The noise disturbs everyone in the house.

“The plaintiff and the children need a peaceful home conducive to even effective studying as plaintiff is undergoing a PhD programme not to mention the youngest child who is still at his first degree.”

Nhlalwenhle further stated that the defendant had never during their 29 years of marriage bought  her anything like a dress despite the fact that she was buying him many clothes with some of them coming as birthday presents.

Apparently, to make sure her husband consents to her plea, Nhlalwenhle said upon granting of the divorce she would be in a better position to assist the defendant with his  studies as she is a holder of a first degree, two masters degrees and currently pursuing PhD studies.

According to court indications the defendant had since received the summons.