HARARE - Ex-Finance minister and Zanu PF Mutoko South MP David Chapfika’s wife of 32 years, Abina Chapfika (nee Mutimusakwa) has divorced her husband for adultery.
The woman claimed that she could no longer take the philandering by her spouse.
In legal documents, she is now demanding $2 000 maintenance every month, claiming the marriage has irretrievably broken down.
“The marriage relationship between the parties has irretrievably broken down to the extent that there are no reasonable prospects of restoring same to a normal marriage relationship,” she said in her court papers.
“The defendant has improperly and immorally associated with other women to the extent of having extra-marital relationships, the last known of which resulted in him violating the Marriage Act by contracting a polygamous customary marriage with another woman, whose particulars are unknown to plaintiff.”
She accused her husband of siring three children out of wedlock and has allegedly refused to terminate the “illegal” marriage.
“The defendant has accordingly committed bigamy, which does not only offend against the laws of Zimbabwe, but plaintiff finds unacceptable and incompatible with a normal marriage relationship,” she said.
She said the two have not lived as husband and wife for the past two years.
“The defendant has treated with and or subjected the plaintiff to emotional, verbal and psychological abuse and harassment, resulting in stress, untold suffering and mental anguish, all of which the plaintiff finds incompatible with the continuation of a normal marriage relationship,” she said through Muhonde Attorneys, further stating that she had lost love and affection for the politician.
Among some of the properties that the two acquired together are Lot 1 of Subdivision A of Lot 222 Highlands Estate of Welmoed, the Remaining Extent of Lot 124 Athlone Township of Green Grove, Hurudza Farm along Shamva Road, five motor vehicles — a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota Vigo, Ford Ranger, Mercedes Benz ML class, Mercedes Benz S class and several household properties.
Among other properties, the two also own two farm houses, three hammer mills, tractors, planters, irrigation equipment and a company called Racewin Trading (Private) Limited.
The estranged wife demanded 50 percent shares in Racewin Trading (Private) Limited and a stake on all immovable properties, unconditional and undisturbed use of 200 hectares at Hurudza Farm, among other items.
She is also demanding custody of their child born in 1998.
In addition, she wants the husband to pay school fees and other requirements for their child until completion of university education.
The matter is still to be heard before the High Court. Chapfika has filed an appearance to defend the suit.