By Nyore Madzianike
Josphat Somanje’s sex life is a mess. Barely a few hours before his performance at the Independence Gala at the Harare International Conference Centre on Friday, there was an explosion of fisticuffs at the Harare Polytechnic on Thursday night where his group was booked. The Haulume (This Time) hitmaker had his knickers in a veritable twist when one of his mistresses clashed with his wife. Josphat’s wife tracked her husband from their Marondera home after a tip-off from some of the Somanje Stars band members.
The Somanje Stars boss was caught red-handed with Leah Gushu in her room with Josphat having already taken off his shoes. The unsuspecting Pengaudzoke co-founder was booked in Room 223 Block B while his mistress was in Room 221. Although Josphat denied he had reserved a room for his girlfriend, Claude Makone, one of the band members and Josphat’s most trusted lieutenant, confessed the whole plan was premeditated.
“He knew Leah was coming, but was not also aware that Mai B (Josphat’s wife) was on her way too. There was nothing we could do as this thing had gone on for long. I think this was the best way to handle the issue,” he said. Apparently the cat had been set amongst the pigeons by the pigeon’s most trusted lieutenants. And it was a bad day for the cheating couple. Leah received a thorough hiding from Josphat’s wife who threatened to take her to the graveyard if she ever hung around her husband again.
Messing around with Josphat, it would seem, is putting one foot into the grave should Mai B ever get wind of it at all. She punched the interloper all over the body. Leah was knocked to the floor as she tried to escape from the enraged Mai B. “You threatened me Josphat would never return home, you said. Now, I am here. I would like to show you that Josphat doesn’t love you at all,” said the star’s enraged wife.
It was not long before Mai B pounced on Leah and battered her with fists for the second time. Leah sustained a swollen right eye. Josphat’s mistress, who at first tried to fight back, lost the fight hands down. Mai B proved the better pugilist pound for pound. And as the mistress got a sound hiding from the wife, Josphat could only watch from his “ringside front row seat”. He stood by the door and was rendered mute by the developments.
Leah’s sister, booked in the same room with Josphat’s lover, escaped half-naked after receiving a few blows from Mai B. She locked herself up in the GENTS toilet. Leah claimed Josphat once had sex with her younger sister boasting she was a perfect substitute for Josphat. The young sister is in Lower Six in Mt Darwin. How did the affair come to light? Josphat’s wife was tipped by some of the Somanje Stars band members who believed their boss was spending more on women at the expense of band.
“I was told you were running the affairs of the band,” Mai B told Leah, as she punched the rival for her man’s affections. “I also heard you influenced Josphat to fire Susan and other band members, who joined Moses Rwizi’s band. Now is the time for you to explain everything.” Leah’s right eye and lips were swollen as a result of the beating from Josphat’s infuriated wife. But she maintained stoutly that Josphat, something like a Singing Stud, still loved her.
Josphat managed to sneak out of the room. But he watched the drama as he stood at the door of his mistress’ room. Surprisingly, he didn’t go anywhere close to where the two women were fighting. It was probably a wise decision on the frail-looking musician’s part lest he too would have got a sound whipping. He watched as if they were strangers fighting for NO reason.
The Pengaudzoke co-founder told H-Metro his girlfriend was arrogant. All the fighting would not have happened if she had listened to him. He said her expectations were more than what he could afford. “If she had listened to what I had told her, all this mess could not have happened. It’s only because she is arrogant and wants to control me. But that cannot happen, especially when it comes to business matters,” he said.
The sungura artiste told H-Metro he had been seeing Leah for over a year. “Paane nguva zvapo tichifambidzana,” he admitted. His wife told H-Metro Leah accused her of consulting a sangoma in Chitungwiza. She said Leah told her that the sangoma where Leah is also a regular client claimed that at one point Mai B killed her child through an abortion.
“She told me over the phone that I aborted my first pregnancy and killed the baby. This prostitute referred to Zanda, (Alick Macheso’s uncle) who was then to confirm how dangerous she was. How can she boast that she had been in love with Rogers Fatiya and that Josphat was just but a mere man over who she had powers of control?” asked Amai B.
None of Somanje Stars members came to restrain any of the combatants, or to watch the two as they wrestled in the corridors of the higher learning institution. They decided they would not “book tickets to the brawl”. H-Metro