A 29-YEAR-OLD woman from Emganwini, Bulawayo, was yesterday brought before the courts facing charges of unreasonable disposal of household property after she allegedly went away with her husband’s stuff.
The woman, Elizabeth Marume, was brought before the Western Commonage provincial magistrate Willard Mafios Moyo to answer charges of violating Section 3(k) of the Domestic Violence Act.
She pleaded not guilty to the allegations, claiming she had advised her husband, Grashan Makaza, before he left for Mutare that he would find her gone.
“I told my husband that he would not find me at home upon his return from his sister’s funeral,” she said.
“My husband and I have been facing problems and I decided to leave him. That is why I took my kitchen property with me.
“I did not take it without his consent, he knew.”
Agreed facts are that the two had been married for a while, but the husband lost his job, leading to constant quarrels in their matrimonial home, as the wife demanded that he should provide for his family.
On the day in question, Makaza received a phone call informing him that his sister in Mutare had died and he advised his wife that they should pack and go there.
This did not go down well with Marume, who refused to attend the funeral.
She opted to stay behind with the children.
When Makaza returned home, he found that his wife had left and property worth $1 300 was missing.
He tried to contact her, but she was not responding to his calls.
“I left the house that evening to Mutare and when I returned I found nothing in the house,” Makaza said.
“I tried to contact her, but she would not pick my calls, leaving me with no choice, but to report the matter to the police.”
Mufaro Mageza prosecuted.