ZIMBABWE Stock Exchange (ZSE) chief executive Alban Dhladhla Chirume yesterday told the court about the emotional pain he was going through due to the wide publicity his domestic dispute was receiving from the media.
by PAIDAMOYO MUZULU
Chirume made the remarks while testifying in the domestic violence case when he appeared before Harare magistrate Nomsa Sabarauta, in the matter where he is accusing his ex-wife, Susan Mutangadura, of domestic violence.
Mutangadura, who is Institute of Directors Zimbabwe (IODZ) chairperson, lawyer and commercial arbitrator, pleaded not guilty to the charge, arguing all she did was act in self-defence.
Ironically, in another case, Chirume is being accused of also abusing Mutangadura on the same day and date.
The incident occurred on January 3 this year.
Chirume told the court that Mutangadura was a temperamental woman and in most instances, he had to restrain himself from retaliating when she provoked him.
He further told the court that on the day in question, Mutangadura was the aggressor and had used provocative words against him in the hope that he would beat her up.
“She kicked me on my private parts, not to injure, but to humiliate me, while at the same time saying I was not a man and did not have b****,” Chirume said.
The ZSE boss further said he was pained by the publicity the matter was getting, as he had always wanted this to remain private.
“Considering the positions we hold, there is no way I would have wanted this type of publicity. There is nowhere I would have wanted to do this and, second, there was no malice in me reporting the case,” Chirume said.
He also dismissed as false an assertion by prosecutor Devoted Gwashavanhu, who had suggested that his reporting the case was a means of trying to counter Mutangadura’s court action before magistrate Arnold Maburo.
However, under cross-examination by Tandi, Chirume conceded there was an interim order against him for abusing Mutangadura.
“Yes, there is a Civil Magistrate order against me not to physically or emotionally abuse her,” he said.
Chirume also conceded that he was trying to bar Mutangadura from entering the property even though she was still staying at the house.
The court also heard the two had been in a customary union and divorced in November last year, but were still living under the same roof.
The trial will continue on February 1 with the evidence from one Morgan Tafunya.