AN incestu0us relati0nship between a Zimunya woman and her biological brother was recently exposed after the two’s child demanded to know his father.
Alice Matasva risks being banished from the Zimunya area as incǝst is an ab0mination.
It is also illegal in the country.
Her brother, Zuva Matasva, who sired her child, is long dead.
The son, Nicholas Matasva (not real name), is now in his 30s and he says he started suspecting that one of his uncles was his father after consulting prophets and traditional healers due to some spiritual challenges he was facing.
The matter was referred to Acting Chief Zimunya’s court by Headman Chigodora.
The elderly Alice has since been fined three beasts for makunakuna by Headman Chigodora.
Nicholas recently dragged his mother (Alice Matasva), and her brothers, Crispen Chirara, Newton Matasva, Shupai Matasva, Denfer Matasva and William Matasva to Headman Chigodora’s court.
He pleaded with the court to force his maternal uncles and mother to tell him the truth regarding his paternity.
“I visited spiritual healers and was told that the challenges I am encountering in life are a result of the secrecy behind the identity of my father.
“I approached my mother and asked her to explain to me my true identity, but she refused.
“That is when the spiritual healers told me that my late uncle was my biological father and that my mother had an ɑffa!r with him.
“My mother remained adamant in not revealing the truth, but it seemed as if the whole family knew about it.
“My aunt once confessed that it was common knowledge that my uncle slǝpt with all his sisters,” he said.
At Headman Chigodora’s court, Alice Matasva then confessed that her brother fathered her son.
In her defence, Alice said she did not know that it was incǝst as she was still a teenager when she concǝived Nicholas.
“It is true that I slǝpt with my brother some years ago. I was so young and did not know whether it was appropriate or not.
“However, I once tried to tell my elder sisters and they told me that it was normal as our brother was also slǝǝping with them.
“My mother condoned it and so I thought it was normal. However, I hid it from my son all these years because I knew it would haunt him,” she said.
However, Newton said he did not know that his brother slǝpt with their sisters.
“We have all been waiting for the truth to come out because Nicholas once threatened to shoot us before killing himself. He is a trained person and we were afraid that he would act on his word if his mother failed to tell him the truth.
“We are glad that the cat is now out of the bag, even though it is a bitter pill for us to swallow,” he said.
Headman Chigodora said there is need for DNA tests to be conducted within the Matasva family as most of the Matasva sisters had children out of wedlock.
He said there are high chances that the late Zuva could have sired more children with his sisters.
“If the family gives us the nod, we want to conduct DNA tests within the family because most of the Matasva sisters had children out of wedlock.
“If it is true that he was sleeping with all his sisters, then he could have sired a number of children with them. We need to find out the truth,” said Headman Chigodora.
The matter appeared before Chief Zimunya’s court last Sunday where Alice admitted that her brother imprǝgnatǝd her.
The matter was adjourned to March 5.
— Manica Post