Man tries to extort $30k from wife's lover

HARARE - A Lochinvar man has been hauled before the courts for reportedly attempting to extort $30 000 from his wife’s lover.

Norman Ngoni Samanga, 32, appeared before Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe saying he was a perfect candidate for bail.

He said he was of fixed abode and had no intentions of absconding trial.

State prosecutor Farai Gatsi opposed bail on the basis that he was a flight risk since there was overwhelming evidence against him, that he had separated with his wife and had no permanent place to stay.

Magistrate Mahwe will rule on the bail application today.

The court heard that sometime in October last year, Osmnond Mupfiga, a doctor at Harare Central Hospital engaged in a love affair with Samanga’s wife, Tsitsi Darare, who is a nurse at the same hospital.

On December 30, Samanga discovered the affair and confronted Mupfiga with a copy of his marriage certificate.

He reportedly threatened to report the affair to Mupfiga’s superiors and to have the matter published in a local tabloid.

He ordered him to divulge all his intimate encounters with his wife before photographing him.

Samanga took Mupfiga to his vehicle where his sister Alice Tsitsi Samanga and aunt Loveness Darare were waiting.

He told Mupfiga  that he was a powerful member of the police force and closely related to a top government minister (name withheld) before producing a firearm.

Samanga forced Mupfiga to confess the affair before his wife’s sisters and parents.

Mupfiga was forced to sign an affidavit which he involuntarily confirmed that he would give Samanga $30 000 and surrender his BMW vehicle valued at $5 000 as payment for committing adultery with his wife.

A balance of $25 000 would be paid in $200 monthly instalments. Samanga had the affidavit commissioned.

Samanga also ordered that they go to Mupfiga’s residence to collect the BMW’s registration book before proceeding to Bindura where Mupfiga would confess in front of his wife and family.

He seized the car keys and later sold the vehicle for $6 000 to David Hondongwe.

On December 31, Mupfiga  returned to his workplace and discovered that Samanga had taken his vehicle.

The matter was reported to the police leading to Samanga’s arrest.

Mupfiga was prejudiced of $6 200.

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