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Marriage on rocks over farm land

A THIRTY-NINE-YEAR-OLD man of SOS area narrated before the Matero local court how his wife and his mother-in-law sold his farm without his consent.
John Nyambe told magistrate Pauline Newa that his wife Annie Makumba, 36, forged his signature and sold his farm without his authorisation.

He accused Makumba of selling the farm at K23,000 and shared the money with her mother in a case in which Nyambe sued Makumba for divorce.

The two got married in 1999 and have two children together. The couple has been on separation for two years.
“I was shocked when I received people at my farm with documents claiming that I was trespassing on their land. When I enquired, they showed me the agreement of sale which had my wife’s name and my forged signature. This is not the first time she is doing such a thing,” Nyambe said.
He also told the court that Makumba deserted him for two months when he was admitted to Chingwere Clinic.
But Makumba told the court she had authority from Nyambe before she sold the farm.
She denied forging his signature and explained that it was Nyambe who signed the agreement of sale.
“We bought the farm together and we discussed and agreed to sale it when a buyer was found. I am surprised my husband is accusing my mother and I of duping him. He is fully aware of how the payment for the farm was made,” Makumba explained.
She pleaded with the court in her submissions not to grant the couple divorce saying she still loves her husband and wants the pair to raise their children together.
The court adjourned the case to a later date.


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