Adul­ter­ous Chipinge man fined $1 000

The Manica Post - - Local News - Luthando Mapepa Chipinge Cor­re­spon­dent

A BED-HOP­PING Chipinge grandpa was last week fined $1000 in adul­tery dam­ages af­ter be­ing found guilty of bed­ding the wife of the Zion Apos­tolic Church bishop.

ZCC Chipinge leader bishop Gil­bert Mashava had dragged Ndo­dini Mu­jeki, of Maronga vil­lage, to Chipinge Civil Court, ac­cus­ing him of bed­ding his wife Anna Mashava.

Chipinge mag­is­trate Mr Poterai Gwezhira presided over the mat­ter and ruled in favour of the ag­grieved church leader say­ing he had ad­duced ir­refutable and in­crim­i­nat­ing ev­i­dence against the wife snatcher.

Mr Gwezhira slapped a grey-haired Mu­jeki with $1000 adul­tery dam­ages fine.

Mashava had ap­proached the court seek­ing $3000 in adul­tery dam­ages say­ing the in­ci­dent had low­ered his stand­ing in both society and church.

The court heard that in Au­gust 2017 the de­fen­dant Mu­jeki was fully aware that Mashava (60) was mar­ried to the ZCC leader un­der the African Mar­riages Act, but went into an adul­ter­ous re­la­tion­ship with her.

The love­birds would have qual­ity time in the plain­tiff’s bed­room dur­ing his ab­sence.

Mashava got the wind of the adul­ter­ous af­fair be­tween Mu­jeki and his wife through a tip-off while away at his plot.

“Af­ter I heard about the af­fair, I im­me­di­ately con­fronted my wife over the is­sue and she elected to re­spond through our nephew. The nephew was then asked to talk to her and she ad­mit­ted to the adul­tery al­le­ga­tions and apol­o­gised.

“The nephew con­firmed that the af­fair be­tween the two say­ing the de­fen­dant had pro­posed my wife while she was work­ing in the fields and she ac­cepted the love pro­posal. From that day the de­fen­dant would come to my house and in­dulge in sex with my wife dur­ing my ab­sence.

“This low­ered my stand­ing as a fam­ily man in the eyes of society and as bishop of the Zion Apos­tolic Church. There­fore, on this ba­sis, I claim $3 000 from the de­fen­dant,” said Mashava.

Mu­jeki had ini­tially dis­puted the claim.

He ar­gued that Mashava fab­ri­cated the al­le­ga­tion to avoid pay­ing his wage ar­rears back­dat­ing to 2004.

“Since 2004 I have been work­ing for the plain­tiff with­out be­ing paid. I was work­ing at his plot over the years, and it was when I even­tu­ally de­manded my dues that the adul­tery al­le­ga­tions were fab­ri­cated. I have never slept with Mashava wife at all,” said Mu­jeki.

Mu­jeki’s de­fence did lit­tle to con­vince Mr Gwezhira, who passed a ver­dict against and or­dered him to pay Mashava $1000.

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