Dad claims $10,000 for preg­nant & jilted daugh­ter

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu Plumtree Cor­re­spon­dent

A PLUMTREE mag­is­trate has dis­missed a bid by an ag­grieved fa­ther to claim $10,000 from a po­lice­man who al­legedly im­preg­nated and then dumped his 19-year-old daugh­ter.

Mr Joshua Nwi­sai told Plumtree mag­is­trate, Mr Li­vard Phile­mon that Con­sta­ble Allen Shaya­mu­randa, who is in the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment im­preg­nated his daugh­ter Ms Ta­tenda Nwi­sai and went on to dump her.

‘’This man mis­led my daugh­ter, im­preg­nated her and dumped her. I’m de­mand­ing $10,000 for dam­ages be­cause he has in­con­ve­nienced my daugh­ter as well as my fam­ily.

‘’I ex­pect this spe­cific amount be­cause that’s the amount that has to be charged ac­cord­ing to my cul­ture,” said Mr Nwi­sai.

The woman told Plumtree mag­is­trate, Li­vard Phile­mon that she only learnt that Cst Shaya­mu­randa was mar­ried after fall­ing preg­nant.

She said the po­lice of­fi­cer tried to con­vince her to abort when she was four months preg­nant, but a doc­tor re­fused.

“Shaya­mu­randa didn’t tell me that he had a wife and he only told me when I was preg­nant. He had promised to marry me and upon dis­cov­er­ing that I was preg­nant he said we had to go our sep­a­rate ways as he had a wife.

“When I was four months preg­nant he even took me to a pri­vate doc­tor to ter­mi­nate the preg­nancy but the doc­tor re­fused say­ing it was as good as mur­der,” said Ms Nwi­sai.

She said dur­ing the course of their love af­fair, Cst Shaya­mu­randa rented her a room at a house in Plumtree and promised to move in with her.

She said he started ne­glect­ing her when she fell preg­nant un­til she de­liv­ered pre­ma­turely and the baby later died.

“I was at­tend­ing in­for­mal school at the time and I was writ­ing ex­ams but I failed to sit for some of the pa­pers be­cause I was con­stantly ill be­cause of stress. I gave birth when I was seven months preg­nant and the baby later died.

“Through all this Shaya­mu­randa was nowhere to be seen and he had stopped pay­ing rent at the house where I was stay­ing. When­ever I tried to com­mu­ni­cate with him he would tell me that I was a prob­lem in his life and I was dis­turb­ing him and his fam­ily,” she said.

Ms Nwi­sai said she later re­turned to live with her par­ents.

Cst Shaya­mu­randa re­fused to pay the money say­ing Ms Nwi­sai was an adult and she had vol­un­tar­ily en­gaged in the re­la­tion­ship.

He told Mr Nwi­sai to stop in­ter­fer­ing with his daugh­ter’s mat­ters and al­low her to han­dle her own af­fairs.

Mag­is­trate Phile­mon dis­missed the case against Cst Shaya­mu­randa and said the par­ties had to deal with the mat­ter cus­tom­ar­ily.

“I can’t say that what the de­fen­dant did was good but on a point of law there is no need to pro­ceed with this mat­ter. I un­der­stand suf­fer­ing of plain­tiff but this isn’t the plat­form to han­dle a case of this na­ture.

“Mr Nwi­sai if in your cus­tom you charge $10,000 for dam­ages then you should deal with this cus­tom­ar­ily. But still it will re­quire your daugh­ter to be be­low 18 years. A fa­ther of a grown woman can’t make a claim for se­duc­tion on his daugh­ter, you have no right to do that,” he said.

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