HARARE – A Nigerian-Zimbabwean citizen has dragged his former father-in-law to court for reportedly threatening to kill him for secretly marrying his daughter.
Patrick Mutomba (a surname attained after getting local citizenship) was applying for a peace order against David Badza at Harare Civil Court.
Mutomba told the court that Badza threatened to kill him through unspecified action because he was bitter he had wedded his daughter without his consent.
The court heard Badza’s daughter at the time of her marriage to Mutomba reportedly lied that she was an orphan and proceeded with the union.
“He married my daughter without my consent and it really broke my heart. I wish there was a way to make him pay for what he did to my family,” Badza said.
“My daughter probably lied that she was an orphan because the signature which appeared on the marriage certificate that was later presented to me reflected Mutomba only used his relatives as witnesses.”
Mutomba said he feared Badza could make him disappear mysteriously especially since he was a foreigner.
“We did marry with his daughter but I didn’t see anything wrong because she was old enough to make such decisions even without her father’s inclusion. We also proceeded to register our marriage.
“We separated a while ago and she is actually four months pregnant and is living with another man in Cranborne. She even wrote an apology about her conduct on the summons when she was served.
“I am just a foreigner who applied for Zimbabwean citizenship and I’m afraid if he harms or kills me I might not be protected because of my foreign identity.
Mutomba pleaded that the court grants him the order and bar Badza from breaching his peace.
“I want him barred from calling or texting me. He should also desist from threatening me, I also have rights,” he said.
Presiding magistrate Rebecca Kavhiya granted the order and advised Badza not to interfere in his daughter’s affairs because she is an adult and can make her own decisions.