“Jilted” Hubby Torches Property
23 September 2020

A GWANDA woman has been left stranded after her husband set their property on fire on Sunday morning following a dispute over alleged infidelity.

The man, Amos Phiri (37) from Matshetsheni area also destroyed their co-tenant, Ms Patience Nyathi’s property before threatening to stab her with her knife accusing the woman of influencing his wife to engage in adultery.

Phiri’s wife, Ms Rosebell Mdlongwa (36) from Garikai Houses in Ward 8, said she had fled to a neighbour’s house in fear after her husband torched the property.

She said her husband of 11 years who works as a gold panner was in a habit of physically assaulting her on a daily basis until she decided to flee to a neighbour’s house after he made repeated threats to stab her with a knife for three consecutive days.

Ms Mdlongwa, a mother of three children aged five, 10 and 14, said her husband destroyed all their clothes, food, property and valuable documents which they had in the house, leaving her stranded.

“I last saw him on Thursday when he left our home after severely assaulting me. I was alerted by a neighbour who sent children to tell me that my husband was burning our property. I rushed to the house but I didn’t get near as I was afraid but I saw him burning our property from afar. He collected property from the house and piled it outside and set it on fire.

“Community members tried to apprehend him but he fled. On the day that he burnt the property I hadn’t seen him for three days as he left after severely assaulting me and threatened to stab me,” she said.-Chronicle