The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Fri­day, Novem­ber 8, 1991 — The wife of the jailed pop­u­lar singer, Paul Matavire, is ap­peal­ing to Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe to par­don her hus­band be­cause she and her two chil­dren are liv­ing in dire poverty.

Cde Con­stance Matavire said at the cou­ple’s Nguboyenja flat in Bu­l­awayo that since her hus­band was jailed nearly six months ago, for rap­ing a phys­i­cally chal­lenged woman, she had been lead­ing a beg­gar’s life to­gether with her two daugh­ters.

Re­act­ing to Mon­day’s Supreme Court de­ci­sion dis­miss­ing Matavire’s ap­peal against con­vic­tion and sentence, Cde Con­stance said the only op­tion left now was for her to ap­peal to the Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

“I am ap­peal­ing to Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe to re­lease him be­cause we are suf­fer­ing”, she said.

The jailed singer was the fam­ily’s only source of in­come. His wife is un­em­ployed.

Matavire, who calls him­self Dr Love, is cur­rently serv­ing his two-year jail term at Harare Cen­tral Prison.

He was jailed last May after be­ing con­victed on one count of rape by the then re­gional mag­is­trate, Mr Lawrence Kamocha.

The court found that Matavire and his band­mate Peter Mab­vuwa took turns to rape a phys­i­cally chal­lenged woman two years ago dur­ing the Jairos Jiri Band’s ru­ral tour of Chuwun­dura com­mu­nal lands in the Mid­lands. Matavire’s wife said she was not re­ceiv­ing any as­sis­tance from the Jairos Jiri As­so­ci­a­tion, Matavire’s em­ploy­ers.

The Band used to be a money spin­ner for the or­gan­i­sa­tion, which is Zim­babwe’s big­gest re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre for the phys­i­cally chal­lenged.

Matavire’s wife and their chil­dren Kudzanai (5) and Wadzanai (who is 13 months old) sur­vive from hand­outs given to them by fam­ily friends and rel­a­tives.

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