HIGH COURT OF ZIMBABWE
HARARE, 24, 25 and 26 July 2018
CIVIL TRIAL – FAMILY LAW
D Atukwa for the plaintiff
M.T Majome for the defendant
CHIRAWU-MUGOMBA J: The famed Nigerian author, feminist and motivational speaker Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie in one of her TED talks discussed an interesting topic titled, “The dangers of a single story”. She talked about how she was initially shaped by one narrative on life but she later realised how dangerous such a trajectory is. This matter epitomises such dangers when one party is so adamant that during the subsistence of the marriage, only one narrative matters and in the process completely misses the tenets of the Matrimonial Causes Act [Chapter 5:13].
The plaintiff issued summons for divorce and ancillary relief in 2010 seeking the following order:-
- A decree of divorce
- Post-divorce spousal maintenance
- Distribution of movable and immovable property. In respect of the house, she sought that it be sold with both parties getting 50% of the net value.
- That each party bears its own costs.