High Court judge Justice Judith Mushore has ordered Pamela Farai Zimba to pay $8 000 in adultery damages to Corah Mahachi (70). Zimba was ruled to be engaged in an adulterous relationship with Mahachi’s husband, Taurayi Mungate. Mahachi has been married to Mungate for 48 years and was demanding $25 000 in adultery damages after Zimba continued the adulterous relationship despite receiving written warnings from Mahachi’s lawyers. Zimba and Mungate were said to be staying together and are planning on getting married.
Zimba did not defend herself. In making her ruling Justice Mushore said:
The respondent (Zimba) has breached the lawfully guarded sanctity of the marriage existent between applicant and her husband and even when she became aware that applicant had sought legal counsel and threatened suit against her and in fact filed suit, she continued co-habiting with applicant’s husband.
To add insult to injury respondent intends to marry the applicant’s husband, which will no doubt lead to the applicant’s ouster from the sacred marriage contract which the applicant is supposed to enjoy exclusively with her husband.
Her disregard to the legal action taken against her leads me to conclude that she simply doesn’t care about disrupting the sanctity of a valid and existing marriage, neither does she fear the consequences of her actions. She has continued to inflict distress, humiliation and hurt on the applicant.
There can be no doubt that this case calls for an award which would also serve as an example that the courts frown upon such conduct.
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