High Court judge Justice Anne-Mary Gowora will next week preside over a pre-trial conference in a divorce case involving ex-Information deputy minister and Mhondoro-Ngezi MP Bright Matonga and his wife Anne Matonga.
Matonga is alleged to have abandoned his family to go and live with a girlfriend Sharon Mugabe.
Matonga’s wife is suing Mugabe for having an adulterous affair with her husband and causing the breakdown of her family.
Her lawyers have written to Matonga advising him of the pre-trial conference.
“We confirm receipt of the pre-trial conference notice in this matter, and that it was rescheduled to November 24, 2010 at 10:45hrs before the Honourable Gowora J. Please ensure yours and your client’s attendance,” reads part of the letter.
The letter further states that the matter could be resolved amicably “by consent” if Matonga had a relook at Anne’s proposal.
“It remains our belief that this matter can be resolved by consent and we request that your client relook at our client’s proposals with a view to amicably resolving the matter,” Anne’s lawyers, Mtetwa and Nyambirai, wrote.
Anne is arguing that Mugabe ruined her marriage by committing adultery with and snatching her husband.
Matonga officially moved out of the matrimonial home at a Chegutu farm that he seized from a white commercial farmer in 2008 and moved in with the 36-year-old businesswoman.
Mugabe, however, denies the adultery allegations claiming she was not aware the former deputy minister was married when she hooked up with him. She says she only cosummated sexual relations with Matonga after his marriage to Anne had “irretrievably broken down”.
Matonga married Anne in Essex County in Britain on April 26, 1997 in terms of the Marriages Act.
In July 2002, Anne says she resigned from her well-paying accountancy job, sold her UK house and followed Matonga to Zimbabwe.
She used some of the money to buy household property in Zimbabwe and to pay family debts.