Man chooses court to end 18-year af­fair

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Cyn­thia Dube

A MAN from Bu­l­awayo’s Njube sub­urb yes­ter­day dis­owned his wife of 18 years in court, say­ing he was al­ready mar­ried to an­other woman.

Ms Sinikiwe Sibanda (54) was seek­ing $176 spousal main­te­nance from Julius Ncube (42).

She told Bu­l­awayo Mag­is­trate Ms Sithembiso Ncube that she was cus­tom­ar­ily mar­ried to Ncube in 1998.

Ncube in­ter­jected say­ing he had a re­la­tion­ship with her out­side mar­riage.

“Your Wor­ship, I’m not mar­ried to this woman. I’m legally mar­ried un­der Chap­ter 37 (5.11) and my wife also at­tended this court. I can­not deny the fact that I was in a re­la­tion­ship with this woman for the past 18 years.

“I can­not be mar­ried to some­one who is 12 years older than me. I was even sur­prised to re­ceive sum­mons from this woman claim­ing more than $100 from me,” said Ncube. He said he dumped Ms Sibanda in April this year. In re­sponse, Ms Sibanda said she was aware that “her hus­band” was now mar­ried to their neigh­bour.

She said her sis­ter Mrs Elitha Ma­suku had at­tended the court ses­sion to col­lab­o­rate her story.

Mrs Ma­suku con­firmed that Ms Sibanda and Ncube were cus­tom­ar­ily mar­ried.

“Ncube came to our par­ents and paid in­tro­duc­tion fees seven years ago. I’m sur­prised that Ncube is now deny­ing his wife in front of all these peo­ple. The painful part is that he is dump­ing my younger sis­ter be­cause he mar­ried their neigh­bour,” said Mrs Ma­suku.

The mag­is­trate said there was no ev­i­dence that Ncube and Ms Sibanda were mar­ried.

“May you please come back to court on De­cem­ber 5. Bring wit­nesses who were there when Ncube came to pay in­tro­duc­tion fees to your fam­ily. You can even bring the pa­per where an agree­ment was writ­ten when Ncube was pay­ing the money to your fam­ily,” said Ms Ncube.—@cyn­thi­amthembo1

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