Man ‘poi­soned by wife’ aban­dons home, sued for main­te­nance

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Cyn­thia Dube Court Re­porter

A MAN from Bulawayo’s Cow­dray Park sub­urb has told a court he fled from home after his wife tried to kill him with poi­son.

He said he was there­fore, sur­prised to re­ceive main­te­nance sum­mons claim­ing $460 for the up­keep of his two chil­dren.

Wit­ness Masharawata told the main­te­nance court that he cheated death after his wife Grace Mur­erwa poi­soned him.

Masharawata said he has been main­tain­ing his chil­dren ever since they were born.

“This woman is evil and I think her main aim is to kill me. She poi­soned me but doc­tors saved my life and by the time l got dis­charged from hos­pi­tal l de­cided to go and stay some­where where she could not find me,” he said.

“l have ev­i­dence. These files l am car­ry­ing show the doc­tor’s re­port and all the scars you are see­ing are the re­sult of the re­ac­tion of the poi­son,” said Masharawata.

He said he used to call his el­der child and ar­range se­cret meet­ings to give him money for school fees and gro­ceries.

“This woman is very dan­ger­ous. She dragged me to court so that she can find my where­abouts and kill me later. When we were out­side the court, she threat­ened to hire thugs to kill me,” he said.

Bulawayo mag­is­trate Mr Manasa Musi­iwa said the main­te­nance court deals with fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the up­keep of chil­dren and or­dered Masharawata to talk about some­thing that was re­lated to that.

Masharawata said he could af­ford $70 for one mi­nor child and the other one is now over 18years old.

Ms Mur­erwa in­ter­jected and said the money was too lit­tle for the up­keep of their two chil­dren and the over aged one is still de­pen­dant.

“$70 is too lit­tle, can you make it $460 be­cause you van­ished in the thin air and we need money to pay rent,” she said.

Mr Musi­iwa or­dered Masharawata to pay $50 per month for the up­keep of one mi­nor child. He said his other child can make his own ap­pli­ca­tion. -@cyn­thi­amthembo1

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