Prosper Dembedza Court Reporter
Zanu-PF Mhondoro-Ngezi legislator Cde Mike Gava is in an adulterous relationship with Ms Belinda Cele and this is threatening our marriage, his wife Tendai Wenyika told the Civil Court last week. Cele took Wenyika to the Harare Civil Court last Friday seeking a peace order citing threats from the legislator’s wife. According to Cele’s application, Wenyika verbally abused her during the Zanu-PF Youth League Conference held in Harare last month.
She claims Wenyika threatened to kill her for having an affair with Cde Gava.
“I was verbally attacked and almost physically violated by Wenyika at the just-ended Zanu-PF youth league conference. She approached the vehicle I was in and started accusing me of having an affair with her husband,” she said.
Cele claimed Wenyika threatened to “beat and kill her for sleeping with her husband”.
“She further went on to call her two friends who assisted her in physically abusing me. I am well informed that she has a relative working at Econet who assisted her in gaining access to my personal contact number which she is using to harass me continuously.”
Wenyika is denying the allegations.
She accuses Cele of being in a relationship with her husband. In her opposing affidavit, Wenyika accuses Cele of approaching the court with dirty hands.
“The complainant has approached this honourable court with dirty hands seeking a peace order from me yet she is the one who is in an adulterous relationship with my husband to whom I am legally married,” she said.
Wenyika said she saw Cele wearing her wristwatch during the Youth League Conference and sought an explanation from her. Wenyika said she bought the watch in South Africa for ZAR5 800 and her husband had taken it from her three weeks ago.
“To my mind it could not have been a mere coincidence that his girlfriend would have identical replica of a watch, with the same brand, that appeared exactly like mine.
“I asked Miss Cele civilly while we were still in the HICC as she was seated behind me where she had bought her watch, and she told me in Dubai.
“We did not discuss further as she hastily changed seats,” reads Wenyika’s opposing affidavit.
Wenyika said she later saw Cele seated in her husband’s car outside the HICC.
“I went over and I asked her why she was adamant on wrecking my marriage making public appearances in my husband’s car and why she would wear another woman’s watch.
“It is true I called a friend to come and confirm that the watch was mine and we requested to have the watch back which she surrendered herself voluntarily and at no point did we manhandle Miss Cele, neither did we make threats to her in any way,” she said.
The magistrate, Ms Babra Masinire, deferred the matter to tomorrow for ruling.