Cephas Shava in Mwenezi
2 Feb 2017 - MWENEZI - An attempt by Douglas Mafuba to kick his adulterous wife out of their homestead failed last week after Chief Neshuro reversed Headman Chirimigwa's earlier verdict awarding the homestead to him.
The acrimonious divorce process started at Headman Chirimigwa's court which ruled against Estinah Ngwenya and gave the home to Mafuba.
Ngwenya, however, appealed against the ruling at Chief Neshuro's court which overturned the headman's ruling and ruled that the homestead, which the two had used as their matrimonial homestead for the past nine years, belonged to her.
At Chief Neshuro's Court, Ngwenya defended her adulterous escapades saying she had decided to move on because her husband was no longer fending for her.
She produced council invoices that reflecting that she was the one paying the bills for the home.
Since both Mafuba and Ngwenya are not originally from Chief Neshuro's area in Mwenezi East but are from Masvingo and Mwenezi West respectively, they acquired a stand in Chief Neshuro's area using a transfer letter from Chief Maranda of Mwenezi West which had Ngwenya's name only.
Asked why his own name was not on the transfer letter, Mafuba told the court they had used Ngwenya's name because at that time, he had lost his identity card.
After full trial, the Chief's Court ruled that Ngwenya should remain in possession of the homestead while Mafuba looks for another area somewhere else. Mafuba did not welcome the verdict and vowed to appeal.
Ngwenya however told the court that they built the homestead, which is located less than a kilometre from Neshuro growth point, together before the relationship went sour.
The home is made up of two thatched huts and a two-roomed house and another tiled four-roomed house.news