By Esther Gomo
Ten years after urban grooves star Decibel ‘DB’ Mazhandu left Zimbabwe for the United Kingdom, his ex-wife has launched an astonishing attack, branding him a ‘drunkard’ who is not sending money home to support his two children.
Agnes Gudza also known as Eglada, a former Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) broadcaster opened up to the Daily News in Harare, telling the newspaper that Decibel abandoned her and left for the UK in 2005 when their second born (Ocean) was only three months old.
The couple have two kids Daniella, now 8 and Ocean, 6 who are said to be staying with the Mazhandus in Masvingo.
Eglada, a singer with one album under her name Tiratidzei Nzira, said she does not miss Decibel. “He did the unexpected, we were staying together but only to be told that he was gone, he never said goodbye to the family.”
She blamed her tender age at that time for the marital problems the two of them had. “When we married, I was only 22 while he was three years older than me. By then none of us believed in apologising, I think we were all big headed.
“Because of our ages then, we failed to stay in peace, always bickering and for this reason he left the country in 2005 when our second born was only three months old while the daughter was two years old meaning to say the children do not know their father as of now,” she said.
Eglada however described Decibel as a nice guy turned bad. “He is a natural intelligent guy, so creative but is a drunkard,” she told the Daily News. She says her ‘‘tumultuous’’ relationship became a major source of inspiration for her to assist orphans and vulnerable children in the society.
The paper says “During the Easter holidays this year, the diva launched Eglada Trust, a non-governmental organisation that is striving to help orphans and vulnerable children. She also said this is her God’s calling.”
“I was called by God to help children. I grew up without a mother, my children are like me in the same situation and it inspired me to extend my help to children such as orphans,” she is quoted as saying.
Efforts to get comment from Decibel proved fruitless as his phone was going to voicemail the whole day.