Fracas as man marries second wife after first wife refused to relocate to their rural home


A Marange man says he married a second wife because his first wife did not want to leave the glittering city lights to settle in the rural areas despite his pleas.

Watson Mukodza said his rural home in Marange resembles a deserted fortress as his first wife, Tatenda Chipare, refused to set foot there.

This came to light after Chipare applied for maintenance at the Mutare Civil Courts recently.

Chipare said Mukodza is squandering all his money with his new girlfriend and neglecting his children.

Chipare was asking for $36 000 for the upkeep of her three children, all above 18 years.

However, Mukodza was not amused when Chipare labelled his second wife a ‘mere girlfriend’.

“Chipare knows very well that I customarily married my second wife. I paid the bride price and all the traditional rites associated with marriage were done by my relatives. I honestly did not want a second wife since I was content with having Chipare as my sole wife, but she disrespected me by refusing to relocate to our rural home and that was the last straw.

“For years, I begged her to relocate to Marange as I could not afford renting a full house in Mutare, but she refused to cooperate, saying the move would deprive her children quality. We have very beautiful houses in Marange and for a decade, no one occupied them.

“My patience was stretched to the limit and l married another wife. I was in fact very lenient with her, otherwise I could have easily divorced her,” he said.

Mukodza also said he cannot afford to pay $36 000 for the upkeep of his children and first wife as he also needs to look after his second wife.

“When I am in Mutare I stay in Sakubva as it is close to my workplace. I cannot afford to pay rentals for her as I am already struggling with mine. She either has to move in with me in Sakubva or go to the rural areas, her kitchen is already there. She is the one who has been neglecting it,” he said.

Mukodza offered $5 000 for the upkeep of his three children.

However, Mr Chipato ordered Mukodza to pay $12 000 towards the upkeep of his children as they are still dependant on him.

— Manica Post

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