Wife drags abusive “hubby” to court

HARARE - A Kuwadzana man who stalked and accused his wife of infidelity has been dragged to court.

Ernest Makuruma was hauled before the Harare Civil Court by his wife Betty Karema who sought a protection order against alleged physical and verbal abuse.

Karema told the court her husband could not accept their separation and followed her at work shouting despicable words.

“I used to stay with him but got fed up of the assaults and verbal abuse.

“He would insult me in front of my neighbours and children.

“When I tried to process our divorce I could not find our marriage certificate because he hid it,” said Karema.

“I have relocated with my parents but he has the guts to come and insult me in their presence.

“I cook sadza in Norton and he follows me and tells my workmates that I sleep around with men in return for fish.”

The court heard Makuruma’s alleged conduct had soured Karema’s relationships with her children, neighbours and customers.

“People don’t respect me anymore. Even my children no longer see me as their mother because of Makaruma.
“I have also lost many customers and If it was possible the court could order him to produce our marriage certificate to facilitate the divorce.”

Makuruma did not dispute granting of the protection order saying they had already separated with the wife.
“I am not opposed to her application because we separated. She cooks sadza around the Lake Chivero area and I was not happy with the way she handled some of her male clients,” he said.

“We would argue but I never laid my hand on her. I am happy that she has moved back with her parents because she belongs with them.”

Presiding magistrate Olivia Mariga granted the order in favour of Karema.

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