Wife complains of hubby STI infections

HARARE - A Harare woman left the court in stitches when she produced a paper bag full of clothes torn by her husband while trying to force her to have sex with him.

Martha Chikumure dragged her husband of 32 years, Tawanda Chikumure (50) to court seeking a protection order for alleged physical, economic, sexual and emotional abuse.

Presiding Magistrate Olivia Mariga granted the protection order in favour of Martha but advised her to seek financial relief from the maintenance court.

Martha told the court that she sought treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI) on several occasions after her husband had forced himself on her.

“He is very abusive and since I was treated for an STI I have tried to deny him sex but he forces himself on me and I fear my health is at risk,” said the wife.

“Look at my clothes which he tore on different nights that I refused to sleep with him. What kind of beast goes that far? Our neighbours can testify that I would jump over the fence trying to escape his abuse. Ever since he married another wife he is always in the habit of assaulting me.”

Martha also pleaded with the court to grant her an order that bars the hubby from getting into bed with her.

“I am grateful for the protection order but could I also have another order that bars Tawanda from sleeping with me because I am tired of going to hospitals to get treatment for STIs,” she said.

“The younger wife he married was a widow and he was not sure of the cause of her husband’s death. I am convinced she is the carrier of the diseases.”

The court heard Tawanda was not looking after his wife.

He was threatening to kill her before killing himself.

“He no longer takes care of me and threatens to axe me before killing himself. He also refuses to accept lobola money if it’s below $1 000 denying me access to my children,” the wife said.

“He is now selling our property and uses the money without my consent.”

Tawanda denied the allegations and said his wife has been bitter since he married a second wife.

“She is just bitter that I took a second wife though I gave her a cow that she requested then, as per our Karanga culture. I think we will have to go for HIV tests to rest her claims that I infect her,” he said.

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