A Harare woman on Thursday left the court in stitches after she accused her CIO husband of abusing her because he feels insecure as a result of his erectile problems.
Tariro Chipepera, who is the deputy director in the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, had brought her husband, Andrew Chipepera, a district intelligence officer in the President’s Office, to court seeking a peace order against him.
In her testimony Tariro accused her husband of beating and insulting her in the presence of their children. She also blamed the conduct of her husband on his sisters whom she also accused of prevailing upon him to ill-treat her.
“He orders me to cut friendships with other people and it is tough for me since I am a deputy director in a Government ministry,” she said. “Over the past one-and-a-half years, he has had serious erection problems. He feels insecure because we haven’t had sex since his erection problem started.”
When she tried to resolve the issue with him, Andrew allegedly accused her of infidelity. “I tried to handle the issue the Bible way but it is not working. Sometime back he accused me of infidelity and said he would kill me and I am afraid he will do that,” she said.
“I need to separate from him and he has to move out of the house and stay at his farm. I am tired of his abuse and I no longer feel anything towards him. Recently, on May 4 he assaulted me in the presence of our children,” Tariro said.
In his counter argument, Andrew said he was normal before accusing Tariro of not playing her role in bed. “Your worship, I do not have an erection problem. She gets in the blankets all the times with pyjamas or tight fitting clothing and refuses to touch me,” he said.
“She is always away on duty and I take care of the children alone when she will be drinking beer before coming home late. She does not want my children to visit my rural home because she accuses my sister of witchcraft.”
Andrew also accused his wife of associating with drunkards and as a head of the family he had the legitimate right to know how she conducts herself. After hearing the evidence from both parties the court granted a reciprocal order that the couple should observe peace towards each other.
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