Top lawyer in nasty divorce

HARARE - Top Harare lawyer Aston Alois Musunga’s wife of 29 years has filed for divorce at the High Court, claiming the relationship between the two has irretrievably broken down.

She also accused the barrister of multiple involvements with other women.

According to the wife Crescence Musunga nee Mapfumo, the two got married in May 1989 under the then Marriage Act Chapter 37, which is now Chapter 5:11 and were blessed with three children who are now all adults.

“The marital relationship between the parties has irretrievably broken down and there are no prospects of restoration of a normal marriage relationship on the following grounds: defendant (Musunga) has repeatedly and openly committed adultery with other women during the subsistence of the marriage.

“Defendant has sired numerous children with other women. Defendant has neglected to maintain plaintiff (Crescence) and her children. Defendant no longer has love and affection for the plaintiff,” Crescence told the court.

She further accused the Musunga and Associates Legal Practitioners boss of being a “serial polygamist”, adding that they have not lived as husband and wife since 2004.

“During the course of the marriage, defendant has treated plaintiff with cruelty, neglect and deception,” she said.

She further said during the subsistence of their marriage, the two acquired at least 27 immovable properties.

Some of the properties listed include Stand 2469 Greystone Park Glen Lorne Township, Stand 386, Bluffhill Township 5, Lot 2 of Lot 443 Highlands Estate of Lot 22 of Greendale, Remainder of Lot 1 of James Farm, Mvuma Sports Bar and Stand, 229 Lower Road, Belvedere, United Kingdom, three residential stands in Sandton.

Other houses are in Bulawayo, Mbare, Chivhu, Glen Norah and Domboshawa.

Among the movables, Crescence cited a Mercedes Benz S320, a Toyota Hilux double cab, a T35 truck and household goods.

“It is just and equitable that plaintiff (Crescence) as her sole and exclusive property, defendant’s undivided share of Stand 386 Bluffhill Township held under Deed number 7437/89.

“Plaintiff retains as her sole and exclusive property her full right and title and interest in property known as Stand 2469 Greystone Park Glenlorne Township held under deed of transfer 2089/05,” Crescence proposed in court papers.

She further demanded the United Kingdom property, 50 percent shares of James Farm, Mvuma Sports Bar and Stand, two houses in Mvuma, household goods and Toyota Hilux.
She proposed to have Musunga awarded the rest of the property.

Musunga has not yet responded to the matrimonial summons, which were filed on Wednesday.

According to the summons, he has 12 days, excluding weekends and holidays, within which to enter an appearance to defend.

“If you do not enter an appearance to defend, the plaintiff’s claims will be heard and dealt with by the High Court without further notice to you,” part of the summons read.

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