Cloudio Jume has been awarded a sum of US$5,000 by the High Court following the conviction of his wife, Thelmah Guvakumwe, for marrying two husbands in 2022.
Initially, Jume had requested US$50,000 for the loss of consortium and conjugal rights, as well as an additional US$50,000 for contumelia. He approached the High Court, claiming that his reputation had been tarnished, his privacy infringed upon, and his dignity lost.
However, Justice Emilia Muchawa dismissed the claim for loss of consortium after determining that Jume no longer had any love for Guvakumwe.
Guvakumwe was found guilty of bigamy in December 2022 for marrying her neighbor, Elton Sanyamahwe, and having a child with him while still married to Jume. Sanyamahwe was aware of Jume and Guvakumwe’s marriage when he engaged in an adulterous relationship with her.
Guvakumwe was fined US$10,000 and sentenced to 105 hours of community service at Warren Park 1 Primary School.
The court also discovered that Jume had a history of divorcing or separating from up to three other women, indicating that he was a philandering man.
Furthermore, it was determined that Sanyamahwe had been dishonest in his defense by denying that he fathered the child.
Jume and Guvakumwe got married in March 2014 and solemnized their marriage in September 2017 in accordance with the Marriages Act (Chapter 5:11). Their marriage was dissolved on March 16 of the previous year after Jume learned about the adulterous affair.
Justice Muchawa concluded that it was undeniable that Guvakumwe was still married to Jume in September 2021 when she initiated an intimate relationship with Sanyamahwe.
Guvakumwe claimed to have met Sanyamahwe at a bar following her breakup, alleging that she drugged him and they became intimate. On the other hand, Sanyamahwe claimed that he had been raped and woke up naked in a bar after a night out.
Jume stated that he was led to believe that his wife had secured a job in Chegutu while she was actually in the neighborhood with Sanyamahwe.
Justice Muchawa remarked, “The evidence clearly shows that Jume was a philandering man who was married to a woman 24 years his junior, and he had divorced or separated from multiple other women.
He even boasted that it was acceptable for married men to engage in extramarital affairs, but it only became a problem when women did the same. Sanyamahwe was alleged to have boasted that Jume’s wife left him because of his small manhood and that he was better able to satisfy her. He showed no remorse.” The judge further criticized Sanyamahwe for his dishonesty in denying paternity of the child.