Divorce cases on the rise in Zanzibar

Tuesday February 13 2018

By Haji Mtumwa @TheCitizenTZ news@tz.nationmedia.com

Zanzibar. The number of couples seeking divorce in Zanzibar is rising steadily with major reasons apparently being financial stress, marital infidelity and domestic violence.  

At least 1,218 divorce cases have been reported at various Zanzibar's Kadhi courts between January and December, last year, the Zanzibar House of Representatives has been told.

The figures were revealed by deputy minister in the President’s Office (Constitution, Law, Public Service and Good Governance) Khamis Maalim on Tuesday when responding to a question from Konde representative, Mr Omar Seif Abeid.

Mr Abeid sought to know a total number of divorce cases that were filed at Kadhi courts last year.

The minister further clarified that at least 884 cases were reported in Kadhi courts in Unguja out of which 440 cases were resolved while 444 case were yet to be concluded.

Mr Maalim said the number of divorce cases rose in 2017 compared to previous years, adding that at least 1,000 cases were reported in Unguja and Pemba in 2016.