ZANU-PF Wedza parliamentary aspirant, Enock Mutonho, has been dragged to court over adultery damages after allegedly confessing that he had an intimate relationship with a soldier's wife for almost a year.
The complainant, Pedzai Nhachi has approached the High Court claiming $800 000 for loss of consortium and contumelia, plus cost of suit. According to court papers, Nhachi's wife, Ever Nhachi (nee) Mukutuzi, is a deputy head at a school in Wedza, where she apparently met Mutonho when he visited the school intending to launch a development project in April 2019.
In the summons issued on June 25, 2020 at the High Court in Harare, Nhachi said he confronted Mutonho after intercepting text messages between the two lovebirds and Mutonho allegedly admitted to being involved in the adulter0us affair.
"When the plaintiff (Nhachi) caught (discovered) the messages in his wife's cellphone, he confronted defendant (Mutonho), who admitted having that affair. The plaintiff recorded audio messages where both defendant and plaintiff 's wife narrated what they had been doing and how they started their relationship," Nhachi said in his declaration.
"Despite the fact that defendant was informed about our marriage, he continued having that relationship up to date and that has deprived plaintiff of consortium. The plaintiff was deprived for the whole year and defendant is continuing having that affair."
Nhachi also said following the confrontation, Mutonho allegedly offered to settle the matter out of court by paying US$6 000.
Part of the acknowledgment of debt, signed by three witnesses and filed alongside the summons, read: "I Enock Mutonho … I promise and undertake to pay the above quoted debt in instalments of the equivalent of US$500 per month without fail until I finish off the US$6 000. First payment will be on April 30, 2020."
Mutonho is yet to enter appearance to defend and the matter is pending.