Niece refuses to vacate uncle's house

BULAWAYO - A Bulawayo man has dragged his 22-year-old niece to court for refusing to leave his house, claiming she had nowhere else to go.

Mutabu Cephas Sibanda told the court that he wanted his niece (wife’s late sister’s daughter) Mutsa Gwizo to leave his house with immediate effect because she was a huge burden to him.

“I am now old, retired and I do not have any meaningful income so I do not want any additional costs,” he said. “My planned budget is for myself, my wife and our daughter who is currently studying at Nust (National University of Science and Technology).”

Sibanda said Gwizo also tells lies about him, tarnishing his image.

“She is in the habit of spreading malicious rumours about me to neighbours and relatives,” he said. “She told relatives I went into her room and attempted to rape her. So it is either I go or she does.”

But Gwizo told the court that she could not leave because she has nowhere else to stay in Bulawayo while pursuing her studies.

“If I had somewhere else to go I would go but at the moment I do not have anywhere to go,” she said. “I am currently studying at the School of Hospitality and if I get money I could apply for school residence.”

Sibanda’s wife said she is not willing to let go of her sister’s daughter as she has no alternative place to stay.

“As a woman I believe in equipping the girl child, therefore she should be protected and empowered,” she said. “If we release her with nowhere to go, we will be damaging her. She needs a proper home to stay.”

Magistrate Victor Mpofu ordered Sibanda to stay with Gwizo until she finds alternative accommodation.

“Do not tire from doing what is good as you will get blessings out of it. Give Mutsa an opportunity and perhaps in future she will also look after you,” Mpofu said.

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