A Mutare woman has been ordered to pay US$3 000 as damages to her lover’s wife after cohabiting with a married man.
Earlier this year, Ngaatendwe Matanda approached the Mutare Civil Courts seeking US$6 000 as compensation from Auxilia Muriro.
Muriro has been cohabiting with Washington Matanda who is married to Ngaatendwe Matanda.
Muriro and Washington Matanda have three children, although one of them is now late.
Ngaatendwe revealed that she has gone through a torrid time at the hands of her husband’s mistress, Muriro.
In her ruling, Mutare magistrate, Purity Gumbo ordered Muriro to pay US$3 000 as damages to Ngaatendwe Matanda: She said:
The plaintiff is married to Washington Matanda in terms of the Marriage Act (Chapter 5:11). The marriage is supposed to be monogamous.
It is not in dispute that intimacy took place between the defendant and the plaintiff’s husband, of which three children were born from that union, one who is now late.
Judgment is hereby entered for the plaintiff in the sum of US$3 000 to be paid in local currency at the official prevailing bank rate at the time of payment.
Ngaatendwe told the court that she once approached Muriro and advised her to stay away from her husband, all to no avail.
She said she said first got wind of the affair in 2010 but dismissed the reports as mere gossip.
Ngaatendwe said it was only in 2015 that she finally confirmed that her husband was having an affair with Muriro.