Wife de­mands hus­band’s evic­tion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/national News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu

A BULILIMA woman has begged a court to evict her 85-year-old hus­band from their home­stead af­ter ac­cus­ing him of ill treat­ing his step chil­dren.

Ms No­sizi Dube (54) of Malalume area said her hus­band of 15 years, Mr Ndunga Ndlovu ha­bit­u­ally in­sulted her three chil­dren who were stay­ing with them.

“I don’t want my hus­band in my home­stead any­more be­cause he is ill treat­ing my chil­dren just be­cause they are not his bi­o­log­i­cal chil­dren. He in­sults them at times by men­tion­ing their pri­vate parts.

“This has gone on for a long time and I have de­cided that I don’t want him at our home­stead any longer. He can go and live with his rel­a­tives. Af­ter all I built this home­stead alone be­fore I met him and when he fell in love he moved in with me,” she said.

Ms Dube said she had taken the mat­ter to their vil­lage head but that did not help. She said she had asked her hus­band to move out but he re­fused. Mr Ndlovu de­nied the al­le­ga­tions and ac­cused his wife of ill treat­ing him. He said Ms Dube was mak­ing false al­le­ga­tions just to get rid of him. He said his wife re­alised that he was now old and re­garded him as a use­less man.

Mr Ndlovu said he met Ms Dube in 2001 and wed­ded her cus­tom­ar­ily. He said he had al­ways treated his step chil­dren as his own. He said he had nowhere to go if he was evicted from his home­stead.

Plumtree mag­is­trate, Mr Li­vard Phile­mon dis­missed Ms Dube’s ap­pli­ca­tion and de­scribed her ac­tions as ha­rass­ment to­wards the old man. He or­dered the cou­ple to re­solve their dis­putes am­i­ca­bly.

“I will not evict Mr Ndlovu be­cause he is an old man and he has nowhere to go. You had ini­tially made an agree­ment that you will stay to­gether and that is what you will con­tinue do­ing.

“All fam­i­lies have con­flicts but they work through them. Like­wise go back home, re­solve your mat­ter and stop ha­rass­ing one an­other,” he said. — @DubeMatutu

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