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80-year-old widow kicked out moments after husband’s funeral

Monalisa Matongo
MUTARE – A 63-year-old man from Gutarurare village under Chief Zimunya was
recently dragged to kraal head Machikiti’s court where he was made to kneel on
the ground and pay a cow as fine for kicking away from home his 80-year-old step
mother moments after his late father’s burial.
Joseph Magagada declared that he had every right to kick out
Rosemary Tinofara from home, claiming that the property belonged to his late
father and mother and not to her.
He claimed that Rosemary did not build any house, kitchen or bedroom
for herself when her husband was still alive as per tradition, so there was no
space for her in the homestead.
During the case’s settlement, Tinofara complained that Magagada had
always been a thorn in the flesh for her even when his father was alive. She
claimed that while on his deathbed, Magagada’s father had instructed that no
one should ever kick her out.
Neighbours testified that Magagada and Tinofara had never been in
good books and they always quarrelled.
After deliberations, Tinofara then opted to go away and start a new
life on her own, and the court agreed with her as she had no marriage
certificate to help her assert her rights.

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