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RCZ Reverend sued US$10 000 for adultery

MASVINGO — A Masvingo man is suing a Reformed Church in Zimbabwe (RCZ) reverend for an alleged adulterous seven-year-affair with his wife which resulted in two aborted pregnancies and a breakdown of his marriage.

BY TATENDA CHITAGU

Chezhira Mukobvu is demanding US$10 000 from Reverend Mernard Zvenyika, who is based at the RCZ’s Pamushana Mission in Bikita, about 80km outside Masvingo, for having an affair with his wife.
The reverend has also made a counter claim of the same amount to Mukobvu claiming he defamed him.

The matter is in the Masvingo Civil Court (case number CC03/14) and was heard on Thursday by magistrate, Langton Ndokera who postponed it indefinitely after Zvenyika’s lawyers said they were served with court papers late and needed more time to prepare for trial.

In summons served to Zvenyika, Mukobvu alleges that his 11-year marriage to Rose Nyamukachi had irretrievably broken down after the reverend took advantage of the fact that he was sexually impotent.
He said his wife had deserted their matrimonial home and he was now taking care of the couple’s children on his own.

“Since December 2007 and up to 2012, [the] defendant has on countless occasions indulged in illicit sexual intercourse with my wife.

“He had several sexual escapades at several places including his bedroom, guest room, his office, in the fields and at hide-outs,” Mukobvu said through his lawyer, Philip Tanaka Shumba of Mutendi and Shumba law firm.

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