MWENEZI – Nyengeterai Matengarufu of Matande village under Chief Negari who burnt down her boyfriend’s bedroom hut for refusing to take her as his wife was last week convicted of the offence.
Matengarufu pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment or alternatively perform 420 hours of community service at Matande Primary School.
Asked by magistrate Honest Musiiwa why she committed the offence, Matengarufu said she was angry that besides the fact that she is two months pregnant, her boyfriend Justice Machava was ditching her.
It was the State’s case that on October 30, this year, Matengarufu eloped to Machava who is still residing with her mother, Sheika Chauke at her homestead in Rutavo village under Chief Negari.
Matengarufu was not welcomed and was forced to sleep in one of the bedroom hut without any blankets.
The following morning, Matengarufu burnt Muchava’s bedroom hut resulting in the destruction of property worth US$964, 50 and nothing was recovered from the inferno.
A police report was made leading to Matengarufu’s arrest.
Angelinah Makonya prosecuted.