Adulterous top cop seeks divorce

Adulterous top cop seeks divorce

gavelDaniel Nemukuyu Senior Court Reporter
A police assistant commissioner, who is accused of having an adulterous affair with a Harare nurse, is now seeking a decree of divorce from his wife of 19 years.

The marriage of Assistant Commissioner Lawrence Muzondiwa Njodzi to another senior police officer Georgina Njodzi is teetering on the brink of collapse following the adultery allegations that are currently before the Constitutional Court.

The top cop is divorcing his wife at a time the woman was claiming $25 000 adultery damages from a Harare Central Hospital nurse Ms Lorraine Matione for wrecking the marriage.

In a strange exchange of accusations, Asst Comm Njodzi is also accusing his wife of infidelity.

In the summons filed at the High Court, Asst Commissioner Njodzi said the marriage was now on the rocks and it had irretrievably broken down.

He told the court that there were no prospects for restoration of the marriage and divorce was the best way to go.

However, the parties have clashed and failed to agree on who should be allocated their Police Heights residential property.

Harare lawyer Mr Wellington Pasipanodya of Manase and Manase legal Practitioners is representing Asst Comm Njodzi.

He is also representing Ms Matione in the adultery case.

Mr Nyasha Munyuru of Muvingi and Mugadza Legal Practitioners is acting for Mrs Njodzi.

The couple had acquired five houses and two plots together, with a fleet of at least five vehicles, among other movable properties.

It is Asst Comm Njodzi’s contention that the couple had not lived together as husband and wife since 2010 and that there was no more love and affection between them.

He indicated that the couple had not enjoyed any conjugal rights for the stated period and that Mrs Njodzi had committed infidelity with other men.

The list of property acquired by the couple include; House Number 2 Jessica Marry Crescent, Waterford Bulawayo, Stand 12035 Glen View7 Harare, Stand 2955 Seke Chitungwiza, Stand 2035 Police Heights, Gletwin Park Harare, Stand 3061 Hatcliffe Harare, Plot 43 Central Estates, Mvuma, Plot 39, Bindura.

The couple also owns a number of cattle and goats, vehicles and various household properties.

In the defendant’s plea, Mrs Njodzi consented to the granting of the decree of divorce, saying that the marriage had indeed collapsed.

She argued that the top cop had given a wrong number of the cattle they owned, saying they had 29 as opposed to 10 listed in the plaintiff’s declaration.

Mrs Njodzi, agreed with her husband that she takes custody of their three children, but is now claiming $250 maintenance for each minor child monthly.

Both parties agreed on the rest of the property sharing proposal which will see them getting a plot each.

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