Ex-Zimra boss’s wife challenges divorce

FORMER Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) Commissioner-General, Gershem Pasi’s wife, Susan Pasi (nee Zata), has approached the High Court challenging her husband’s application for nullification of the couple’s 29-year-old marriage.

BY CHARLES LAITON

Sometime in June this year, Pasi, through his lawyers, Dube, Manikai and Hwacha, filed for divorce citing alleged irreconcilable differences.

But Susan, through her lawyers, Mtetwa and Nyambirai, filed her appearance to defend notice on August 1.

Read part of the notice: “Take notice that on August 1, 2018 at 2:55pm, the defendant, hereby, entered appearance to defend. Further take notice that the defendant’s address of service is care of her undermentioned legal practitioners of record. The summons were served on the defendant on July 20, 2018.”

Although Pasi did not openly disclose the issues behind the sought divorce, he, however, maintained that the couple had lost love and affection for each other and had not been staying together for almost five years.

“Plaintiff (Pasi) and defendant (Zata) have lost love and affection for one another. On account of their lost love and affection, the parties have been living apart since August 2013. Plaintiff and defendant were married at Harare on September 15, 1989 under the Marriage Act (Chapter 37) and the marriage subsists. Plaintiff and defendant’s marriage was blessed with three children, who have all reached the legal age of majority,” he said.

“Plaintiff avers that the marriage between him and the defendant has irretrievably broken down to such an extent that there is no reasonable prospect of restoring it to a normal marriage relationship.”

The ex-Zimra boss further said the couple had increasingly become estranged such that there was no reasonable possibility of them reconciling.

Pasi said the couple had acquired substantial properties while staying together, which he said could be distributed according to his suggestion.

He proposed that Susan should retain her equal share of their three companies, namely Sideline Farming (Pvt) Ltd, Wethol Investments (Pvt) Ltd and Opcodd Investments (Pvt) Ltd.

Pasi also suggested that Susan would remain on his medical aid scheme for a maximum period of 36 months.

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