In a landmark ruling that is expected rattle relationships across Zimbabwe, High Court Judge, Justice Tawanda Chitapi has ordered a woman to pay US$20 000 in damages for her involvement with a married man.
One Elmina Kusikwenyu was found guilty of having an affair with Roy Dzinemarira while knowing that he was married to Happygill Muyengwa.
The court heard that a year after Dzinemarira and Muyengwa’s legal marriage in 2013, the former started cheating with Kusikwenyu.
H-metro reports that further presentations established that Muyengwa’s efforts to separate the two with cautions proved fruitless as the lovebirds went on to conceive a child together.
Consequently, according to Muyengwa, she lost the affection and companionship of her husband to Kusikwenyu.
Passing judgement, the High Court Judge ordered Kusikwenyu to pay Muyengwa US$10 000 in local currency using the prevailing interbank rate on the date of payment, ”being damages for humiliation.”
Another US$10 000 is to be payed for consortium. Alternatively, the amount is again payable in local currency using the prevailing interbank rate on the date of payment.
The ruling is expected to upset a number of unions in a society where infidelity has become service of the day.
Just recently, a married woman made headlines after she left her husband in South Africa to secretly marry her lover in Zimbabwe.
The woman, Elizabeth Chihota, left her husband Tinashe Murimba in South Africa two weeks ago. She went on to marry her lover identified as Freddy Dzonya on Saturday while the marriage to her husband in South Africa still subsists.
In an interview with a weekly tabloid, Elizabeth Chihota confirmed that she came from South Africa a fortnight ago. She however denied that her marriage to Tinashe Murimba still subsists.