Sandra Mutsimba, the woman embroiled in a sex scandal involving suspended MDC-T director-general Toendepi Shonhe, has applied for a protection order against Simbarashe Mawisire, a man who reportedly claimed to be her husband.
But Mutsimba has disowned Mawisire as ever being her husband and her biological father, Samuel Mutsimba, has weighed in with a sworn affidavit tendered at the magistrates’ court in which he claims Mawisire was never married to his daughter in any way.
The matter will be heard in terms of the Domestic Violence Act tomorrow at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts. Mutsimba’s father, Samuel said in his sworn affidavit:
“. . . my daughter Sandra is not and was never married in any way to one Simbarashe Mawisire.
“He (Mawisire) did not pay a penny to me for ‘roora’ (lobola) neither has he asked for my daughter’s hand in marriage from me.”
Mutsimba too deposited her affidavit with the same court, describing Mawisire as being her former live-in boyfriend with whom she had a child but denies ever marrying.
She also seeks a peace order interdicting Mawisire from “harassment, stalking and threatening me and from sending me messages on the phone”.
A draft warrant of arrest has already been prepared for service to Mawisire ordering police to arrest him if he breached the peace order.
Mutsimba says in the court papers she was indeed with the MDC-T director-general at a lodge in Bulawayo when Mawisire “forced his way into our room”.
She also says she had consented to a love relationship with Mawisire after he had convinced her that he had separated from his wife Alice Chenai Mujakachi.
Their relationship, she said, had produced a child.
Mutsimba goes on to describe how Mawisire found her “with my boyfriend” at Zaks Lodge in Bulawayo and how they had a heated argument which turned violent and involved Mawisire and “my boyfriend”.
She added that Mawisire had taken video footage of herself and her boyfriend which he proceeded to distribute to newspapers and via the Internet claiming the two were married.
“I have endured endless harassment from the respondent and his false allegations that I am married to him have tarnished my image as people who have read the various articles published in respect of the incident at Zaks Lodge believe that I am an adulterer.
“Further, I have been suspended from work by my employer on the basis of respondent’s false allegations,” Mutsimba said.
At a press conference at Harvest House recently MDC-T spokesperson Nelson Chamisa announced the decision to suspend both Shonhe and Mutsimba to pave way for investigations into allegations of misconduct and professional deviance.