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Chiyangwa’s wife seeks divorce

The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) president, Phillip Chiyangwa, is embroiled in a nasty divorce with his wife of 30 years after the latter approached the High Court last week seeking nullification of the couple’s marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.


The businessman’s wife, Elizabeth Chiyangwa (Nee Jumah), filed the divorce papers last Thursday and Chiyangwa is yet to respond.
In her declaration, Elizabeth said she married Chiyangwa on November 11 1988 in terms of the Marriage Act Chapter 37, now Chapter 5:11, and the marriage still subsists but she further says she has since lost love and affection for Chiyangwa and both have a mutual wish to be divorced.

“The relationship between plaintiff [Elizabeth] and defendant [Chiyangwa] has irretrievably broken down and there are no reasonable prospects for the restoration of a normal marriage relationship, more particularly in that; the parties have been living apart for a continuous period in excess of 12 months, since plaintiff moved out of the matrimonial home on September 18 2016,” Elizabeth’s lawyers, Zigomo Legal Practitioners said.

“It is accordingly just and equitable that the marriage relationship between the parties be dissolved based on their mutual consent. It is reasonable and practicable, and just and equitable, pursuant to the provisions of the Matrimonial Causes Act, that the matrimonial estate between the parties be divided in the manner set out in the original consent paper executed by the plaintiff and defendant in the presence of their legal practitioners that is to be filed of record with this honourable court based on their mutual consent and agreement.”

Chiyangwa and Elizabeth’s marriage hit a hard rock sometime in 2013 whereupon the latter filed divorce papers claiming 85% of the couple’s assets and $83 000 per month for 120 months as maintenance after the termination of the marriage.

However, a year later the flamboyant businessman wrote to the High Court requesting that his divorce case be scrapped off the court roll as the parties were reportedly locked in out-of-court negotiations to stop their acrimonious divorce.

The $230 million divorce case had been set down for hearing on June 13 2014 before High Court judge Justice Hlekani Mwayera.
Elizabeth had sought to divorce the Native Investments Africa Group founder over alleged infidelity and demanded a lion’s share of the family’s $230 million estate.

But Chiyangwa objected to the divorce accusing Elizabeth’s lawyers of incompetence, for listing some properties that did not belong to him without verifying.

At one point Elizabeth demanded a $1 million once-off alimony and $85 000 monthly for her upkeep pending determination of the divorce case.

She also asked for $360 000 to replace her current fleet of vehicles, $350 000 to cover the legal costs in the divorce proceedings, $100 000 to replace her current clothing, jewellery and shoes, another $100 000 to buy new household furniture and a once-off payment of $100 000, which she would use as relocation allowance.

Elizabeth is represented by Kantor and Immerman while Chiyangwa is represented by Scanlen and Holderness.

11 Responses to Chiyangwa’s wife seeks divorce

  1. gabi January 14, 2018 at 8:25 am #

    how could you marry on 11 november?its sacred kkk

    • Nesongano January 14, 2018 at 9:00 am #

      Marriage officers don’t care about the month of November. If you want to be married in a court of law the court will grant you your wish. This November thing is just a cultural thing.

    • Rudo January 14, 2018 at 9:09 am #

      gabi, that does not matter. The bulk of divorces happening each day are between people who did not marry in November. That November thing is just a belief that has no effect on anything.

  2. Tom Soya January 14, 2018 at 9:19 am #

    How can u all defocus on the critical issue here and focus on the date of the marriage.Lets comment on the huge figures being demanded and the justification there of.What do u think?

  3. Observer January 14, 2018 at 9:28 am #

    Trusts are vital is situations like these.

  4. dankay January 14, 2018 at 9:35 am #

    Gabi, November is sacred to who? Its not in the Bible unless you are a ‘Svikiro’ God never said November is a sacred month.

  5. Dopori January 14, 2018 at 9:57 am #

    Kantor & Immerman vs Scanlen & Holderness. It’s a battle of the titans!

  6. Mazinyane January 14, 2018 at 11:24 am #

    I do not like this Siyangwa fella but I think Lizzie is stark raving mad.Uyahlanya!!!

  7. JEHU January 14, 2018 at 5:21 pm #

    I think we need a new marriage law which protects what each person in a marriage really worked for otherwise we will see many of these divorce cases being incited by the huge payouts one can get out of a divorce.

  8. Jemedzarinemapakondinoriziva Ukanzwandatibvumapanoyera January 14, 2018 at 6:16 pm #

    Kopaya inga nyaya yekuroora muna Mbudzi yakanetsa pana Morgan Tsvangirai nemuma pepa nhau. Zvashandukazve. Ko zviya zviya zvinonzi muZimbabwe mune nzvimbo dzinoyera manyepo zvekare? Zvino kuneimwe nyika hanzvadzi nehanzvadzi vanoroorana. Ko muZimbabwe? TSIKA NEMAGARIRO EVANHU pasi pasati parohwa nenyundo.

  9. Janana wa Bikaz January 15, 2018 at 1:53 pm #

    The huge amounts of money that the wife is demanding speaks volumes.While i do not have any beef with Phidza the figures point to corruption and theft.Some might argue that it is through his hard work that he owns so much,but the situation on the ground tells a different story.Look at what Marian Chombo was demanding from her divorce with ignatius Chombo?These women know very well that their husbands were making lots of money albeit illegally.Chiyangwa is one block who should be investigated by the Anti corruption commision for having vast tracts of land in a country where some people are failing to get access to a 200 square metres of land.

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