Scorned wife exposes Chombo's 'diamond deals' in court after affidavit

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Marian Chombo the estranged wife of Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo has demanded proceeds from diamond deals as part of her divorce settlement, NewsDay can reveal.

Chombo, whose roving-eye caused him marital problems, filed for divorce in October saying his marriage had “irretrievably broken down”.

At the time, our sister newspaper, The Standard reported that Chombo and his wife had been quarrelling for months and had not lived together for two years.

In his divorce papers Chombo said there was no need for him to pay maintenance because Marian would live comfortably after getting her “fair share of family properties”.

The obviously wealthy minister said he was ready to give his wife furniture, utensils and electronic equipment at their properties in Alexandra Park and Greendale.

Chombo said as part of her “fair share” Marian could have their Allan Grange farm house.

But the minister’s wife was not happy with the offer and has hired lawyers Sinyoro and Partners to fight for a bigger share of the family’s assets that include: 80 residential and business stands, at least 20 houses, farms,hunting safaris, 12 investment companies, cars and diamonds.

Two weeks ago Marian hit back.

She filed a replying affidavit in which she reveals that Chombo has been involved in land grabs and dubious diamond mining at Chiadzwa.

She said her “post-nuptial agreement” with Chombo entitled her to half of the family wealth.

Marian said Chombo’s initial divorce settlement offer had “grossly understated” their wealth and was “not a true reflection of the properties” they jointly owned.

Chombo did not tell the court of the many farms he acquired for free as part of the government’s on-going land reform programme.

Marian said their property empire was so vast it spread throughout Zimbabwe and South Africa.

She said they own residential properties in Epworth, Chirundu, Kariba, Ruwa, Chinhoyi, Mutare, Chegutu, Binga, Victoria Falls, Zvimba, Chitungwiza,Beitbridge, Harare and Bulawayo.

Marian said some of their properties were registered under various companies such as Dilcrest Investments, Hutmat Investments, Growfin Investments,Teamrange Investments, Waywick Investments, Harvest-Net Investments, Waycorn Investments, Tonewick Investments, Aixland Investments, and Nedbourne Investments.

Marian, who complained that Chombo had abandoned their children, also wants the court to compel Chombo pay her matrimony of US$2 000 per month.

A date for the divorce hearing has not yet been set.