…wedding day turns into nightmare as bride says no…I can’t marry an abusive man
- The most popular
cliché, ‘kudira jecha’, normally used in political circles last weekend gained
fame in social circles when a Gweru-based apostle with Glory House Ministries
was rejected by his bride on wedding day.
Pastor Samuel Kaunda received the shock of his life
when his fiancée, Naume Mangwarira suddenly grew cold feet on wedding day and
refused to go to the wedding venue.
The circus became the shame of the year for the bride
and her groom’s parents and relatives who had gathered at Masvingo Sports Club waiting
for the duo to arrive in their convoys.
Kaunda’s parents had reportedly flown from the UK for
The big white marque that had been set had to be
pulled down, with people being asked to take away all the food and drinks that
had been prepared after spirited behind-the-scenes attempts to break the
Mangwarira, who resides in Mucheke and is with the
Full Gospel Church, is said to have cited physical and verbal abuse as the
major reason she had made the 11th hour decision not to marry
TellZim News visited the Sports Club venue where the
wedding was supposed to take place last Saturday and saw people loitering
around while relatives of the groom sat dejectedly at their colourfully draped
tables as attempts were still being made in Mucheke to break the deadlock.
The groom showed up at the venue with his convoy but
he later disappeared from the scene after being told his bride had said no.
People who spoke to TellZim News said the apostle was
abusive with his fiancée and at some point raised his hands on her.
“The guy is known to have temperamental issues and he
often times beats her. He does not know how to keep his anger in check and he
takes it up on anyone who is close by.
“Mangwarira was patient but she finally decided she
had had enough of the abuse. She told her relatives that she could not go
through with the wedding,” said a source.
Another close source said Mangwarira made her
intentions a long time before the wedding day but church people convinced
everybody that preparations for the wedding should continue, promising they
will be able to resolve whatever differences that existed between the two.
“She told us
that she did not want to be married anymore because the guy is abusive. We were
in disbelief because of the status of the guy. We thought that it was a minor
misunderstanding which would be resolved amicably. That is why the wedding
preparations went on as planned.
“We were however left embarrassed on wedding day when
she refused to put on the gown. She said she did not want to condemn herself to
a painful marriage,” said the source.
Another source said Kaunda had failed to be honest
with his UK-based parents, letting them spent large sums of money coming for
the wedding without appraising them on the tensions he had long noticed.
have come clean and accepted reality. This whole shame could have been avoided
had he told his relatives the truth. A lot of money was wasted planning for
something that never came to fruition,” said the source.