High Court Family Division has officially dissolved the 17-month marriage between Members of Parliament Judith Babirye and Paul Musoke Ssebulime.
Buikwe North MP Ssebulime filed a divorce petition against his partner Babirye, the Buikwe District Woman MP, accusing her of cruelty.
Ssebulime and Babirye were married under customary law in July 2018 in Kampala.
Justice Olive Mukwaya Kazaarwe of the Family Division on Monday ruled that Ssebulime’s detailed account of Babirye’s cruel actions towards him, caused him to suffer mental and psychological torture.
The judge concurred that Babirye has acted in a manner that shows no respect to the petitioner.
“There was denial of conjugal rights, isolation of the petitioner from his social interactions with the community and the long unexplained absences without communication all served to cause the petitioner distress.”
The justice further cited Babirye’s refusal to cohabit with Ssebulime and her long unexplained absence from home which showed lack of commitment.
“This court was prepared to believe that the unpredictable nature of the marriage created mental anxiety on the part of the petitioner,” the judge ruled.
It is said within a month of their marriage ceremony, Babirye had left the marital union with no explanation to Ssebulime.
“When she left the last time, she did not call, text, email or communicate in any other available way. The petitioner did not know of his wife’s whereabouts for seven months he waited before he filed this petition.”
Ssebulime and Babirye lived together for two months, thereafter, the latter disappeared for two months and came back on December 1, 2018 before leaving again on December 22 to a place unknown to Ssebulime.
Ssebulime accused Babirye of embarrassing him when she shouted at him while appearing before the Justice Bamugemereire-led Commission of Land Inquiry and being hostile to him.