Mom seeks protection from daughter, son

HARARE - A woman whose late husband has 26 children out of wedlock has taken her daughter and step-son to court seeking protection from the two.

Miriam Mwashaireni claimed her step-son, Chengetai Mudondo, is not her husband’s child as he only appeared at the family house in Kambuzuma in 2006.

“My husband died in 2000 and Chengetai only appeared in 2006. When I asked him to produce proof that he was part of the family he showed me letters that had the Kambuzuma address,” Mwashaireni said.

The court heard Mwashaireni sent Chengetai to the family farm in Marondera to be a labourer from 2006 to 2009, after which she fired and evicted him.

She said Chengetai tried to commit suicide, which was the basis for her protection order as she feared he was a risk.

In her other protection order claim, Mwashaireni states that her daughter, Elizabeth, insults her and physically abuses her.

She said Elizabeth claims to be possessed by an ancestral spirit and brews traditional beer at the family house to appease her gods. In response to her mother’s claim, Elizabeth said she could not be evicted from her father’s house as she did not stay there.

“I admit to beating her but it was a mistake. My mother cannot evict me from my father’s house, I also want to see my siblings whenever I want to,” Elizabeth told the court.

Magistrate Miriam Banda ruled that Mwashaireni did not have any relationship with Mudondo hence could not get a protection order against him.

The magistrate granted her a protection order against Elizabeth. - Helen Kadirire

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