Man Married Brother’s Daughter

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Zimbabwe
– A 77-year-old man has married his young brother’s
daughter, leaving villagers in Bikita dumbfounded. Sekuru
Munyarari Mandinyenya (77) of village 3 in Rusununguko Resettlement area, who
is a member of Johane Marange married Fadzai Chitende Mukuze (28).Fadzai’s
father is Tomboona Chitende Mukuze who is said to be Sekuru Munyarari’s young
brother. Fadzai
is now the old man‘s
fourth wife. When reached for comment, Sekuru Munyarari confirmed that he
married Fadzai.
“Its
true I got married to Fadzai. I just haven’t paid lobola. I’m contemplating on
paying the bride price later on. I love her so much and she too dearly loves
me. It’s true that Fadzai is my young brother’s daughter, but not my blood
brother,” he said.

Interestingly,
Fadzai was previously married twice, and Munyarari received lobola from the two
‘son-in-laws’, before they both died. Sekuru Munyarari also confirmed these
claims.
“It’s
true. All men who marred Fadzai would first come to my homestead and pay their
bride price to me. I would assume the fatherly role during the traditional
marriage ceremony. Ndini ndaitopihwa mari yehubaba, then remit some of it to
Fadzai’s father, who is now my father-in-law,” narrated Sekuru Munyarari.
Munyarari,
prior to marrying Fadzai
, was proudly married to Angelica Nhengo (first wife), Josphine Mukoki (second
wife) and Future Muchemandadya (third wife). He, however, revealed that the
case was once reported to Bikita police and he was picked for investigations.
“Police once picked me up for questioning and I explained to them what I have
just narrated to you and they released me,” he said.
“There
are some jealous people who wanted to kill my wife (Fadzai) and I. Some people
once burnt our bedroom hut at around 2am. I’m glad I woke up before it was too
late. We have also found thorny shrubs thrown into our bedroom hut on several
occasions,” he added.
Fadzai
also confirmedbeing married to Sekuru Munyarari who happens to be 49 years
older than her. She acknowledged that she grew up treating Munyarari as her
father.
“It’s
true people say my husband and my father are brothers. It’s only that they
share the same Soko totem. I don’t see anything wrong with getting Married to
him. Munyarari’s other wives whom I used to see as my mothers should not be
baffled either. Handiti rudo runongomera pese pese,” she said.
Sekuru
Munyarari’s third wife, blasted her husband’s move.
“If
he pays the bride price we also want to have a share of the money
because we have always treated Fadzai as our daughter. Fadzai’s father and
Munyarari are related. Why would he give bride price to someone he is not
related to? This issue should be brought before the Chief. As Munyarari’s
wives, we agreed never to accept Fadzai as one of us,” said Future Muchemandadya.
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