18 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Wife Yanks Jobless Karateka to Court

A Domboshava woman yesterday brought her jobless husband to court for spending most his time training karate and then coming home demanding food. Miriam Pafiwa brought her husband Right-time Rwamozora seeking a protection order.

Pafiwa told the court that she is the breadwinner and her husband is reluctant to seek employment.

"He should go to work and stop training karate because each time he comes back from training he will be really hungry," said Pafiwa.

"He beats up the children if they don't cook but when he gets his money he buys food for himself at the shopping centre.

"He said I should not bother with school fees for the children because government pays for education.

"He insisted that if they are being turned away the teachers are only being big-headed."

Pafiwa also said Rwamozora was chasing her from the couple's matrimonial home and selling the properties.

"If I ask him he tells me that he is the father of the house and rules even ants at our homestead," she said.

In his counter-argument, Rwamozora said he is a man of martial arts.

"I know she wants me to find a job but look at the economic environment, many people are unemployed," he said.

"We have a five-year-old daughter and I can't just leave her alone because the mother is always away. I am the one who stays behind doing the household chores because she is the one employed."

Magistrate Ms Miriam Banda ordered Rwamozora to stop evicting Pafiwa from their matrimonial home. He was further ordered not to sell matrimonial property without Pafiwa's consent and to observe peace.

Rwamozora left the court in stitches when he told the magistrate that Pafiwa had lied to her.

"This woman is a liar, her name is not Miriam but Misodzi," he said.

Ms Banda, however, told Rwamozora that his after thought was uncalled for because he should have mentioned it at the beginning of the court session.

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