A MAN from Victoria Falls lied and said he was spending the night at a funeral wake while he visited a girlfriend. He attempted suicide when he returned home on the following day and found his wife sleeping with a boyfriend in their matrimonial bedroom.
The "comedy of horrors" unfolded last Friday at a house in Chinotimba suburb where bewildered residents gathered to watch as Mbuso Sithole walked in on his wife Sgcebhe Moyo and her boyfriend who were having a good time.
The boyfriend, only identified as Ra, has since fled the resort town.
Sithole, 31, has his mother – a nurse at St Patrick's Hospital in Hwange – to thank as she rushed with an antidote for the rat poison he drank after he found his wife in a compromising position.
The mother had to quickly leave her workplace to save him as there was reportedly no medicine at Victoria Falls District Hospital.
Sithole, a vendor popularly known as Maburawa Gadaffi at the Comesa Market Centre in the resort town, told The Chronicle it pained him to find out that his wife was unfaithful.
He said as he slunk home from his girlfriend's house at about 5AM he felt something was amiss when his wife took long to open the door.
"The next thing, the window opened and a half naked man whom I recognised as Ra, shot out and sprinted away before I could react," said Sithole.
"Yes, it's true that I wanted to commit suicide as I drank rat poison. I've a girlfriend called Blessing Chiedza Banda and on Thursday I told my wife that I was going to a funeral wake when actually I was going to sleep over at her place."
Sithole said he got infuriated when his wife denied anyone had been in the house and suggested that he could have seen a burglar.
"We fought but she vehemently denied that she had a boyfriend in the house. We even went to the house where Ra stays but he fled and he hasn't returned since that day. I suspect he has left town," said a dejected looking Sithole.
He said as they were arguing, one of their neighbours called his wife and told her he had spent the night with his girlfriend.
Sithole said his wife went ballistic and threatened to kill herself.
"I told her that it was better for me to kill myself as well because I'd found a man in our house. That's when I rushed to the Old Market where I bought rat poison which I put in a glass of water. I gulped it and locked myself in the bedroom," said Sithole.
He said Moyo alerted neighbours who forced their way into the house through the window before rushing him to hospital.
Sithole said his mother saved his life after his wife was told there was no medication at Victoria Falls Hospital.
"I wanted to kill myself because I couldn't imagine my wife having a boyfriend," he added.
When The Chronicle caught up with Moyo, she said she had reconciled with her husband.
Moyo said her husband's girlfriend Banda was the one causing problems in her marriage.
The couple later granted a joint interview in which they said they'd put their problems behind them.
Neighbours said Sithole could have saved his marriage by drinking poison as his "near death experience" seemed to have brought the couple closer.
Sithole was discharged from hospital on Sunday.
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