A 49-YEAR-OLD Sanyati man who could not stand the pain of losing his wife appeared at the Chitungwiza Magistrates’ Court on Thursday facing arson charges after he torched her three-roomed house, destroying household property worth $3 000.
Zaka Machapaza, a teacher at Sanyati Baptist Mission, was slapped with a six-year jail term by magistrate Lazarus Murendo. He will, however, serve an effective of two-year prison term after three years of the sentence were set aside on condition he paid restitution to the complainant, Namatirai Murindi.
Another year was suspended on condition of good behaviour.
Prosecutor Norman Koropi told the court that on August 3 this year, Machapaza called Murindi saying he wanted to visit her at her Seke home.
When Murindi demanded that he should consult her relatives first, Machapaza insisted on visiting her so that they could reconcile their differences.
The following day, he went to his ex-wife’s homestead in Zhanje Village while drunk where he was offered overnight accommodation.
In the morning, Murindi told Machapaza to discuss his mission with her relatives as she left for work.
In a fit of rage, Machapaza later torched the house and fled the scene. Murindi’s neighbours told the court that they had seen Machapaza setting the house ablaze.