Ex-diplomat embroiled in messy divorce saga

A former diplomat is entangled in a messy divorce from his wife, who is demanding $35000 from the diplomat's partner for allegedly committing adultery and breaking her 27-year marriage.

Evelyn Chidyausiku (née Gurupira), the wife of Boniface Chidyausiku, Zimbabwe’s controversial former ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations, has hauled her husband and his girlfriend, Gracia Zawi, to court seeking a decree of divorce, an order for maintenance and an order as to the apportionment of the matrimonial property.

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Evelyn accuses Boniface of being “physically and emotionally violent and abusive” and failing to treat her with “love, respect and companionship expected between husband and wife”.

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She alleges that the ex-diplomat has engaged in adulterous relationships with other women and has recently started living with one of them, identified as Zawi.

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Evelyn says Boniface and Zawi’s behaviour has caused her mental anguish and has led to the breakdown of her marriage.

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“The marriage between the plaintiff (Evelyn) and first defendant (Boniface) has irretrievably broken down to the extent where it is no longer possible for the parties to live together as husband and wife.

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“Second defendant (Zawi) has stolen first defendant’s love and affection for plaintiff and she has also dissipated and squandered family assets in a most hurtful manner,” reads part of Evelyn’s declaration filed with the High Court recently.

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In her declaration, Evelyn says she is married to the former diplomat and has three children, who are still attending college.

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During their marriage, Evelyn and Boniface lived in a number of countries overseas, where they were both serving in various capacities in the foreign service of Zimbabwe.

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Chidyausiku is now resident in Zimbabwe since his recall from his posting as permanent representative to the UN by President Robert Mugabe last year. He is stationed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs head office in Harare and is carrying out some farming activities at his Mufenje farm in Concession.

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Evelyn, who remained in New York, where she is serving as an assistant tourism officer after the recall of her husband, is demanding $35000 from Gracia as compensation for adultery damages and loss of affection which she allegedly suffered as a result of the adulterous relationship.

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Boniface, Evelyn alleges, has removed some of the matrimonial property in anticipation of divorce, employing strategies which include registration of companies and transferring certain assets into those companies.

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Evelyn wants the High Court to equitably allocate the matrimonial estate, involving properties such as eight residential houses in Harare and Gweru, three vehicles and several trucks, a farm, farm equipment, a herd of over 100 cattle, household goods and shares in some companies.

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In the event of Boniface failing or refusing to disclose the matrimonial property he allegedly concealed from Evelyn, the entire matrimonial property should be awarded to the New York-based tourism officer, she says.

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Evelyn is claiming $5000 per month from Boniface as personal maintenance, which she claims he is able to pay.

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Evelyn wants Boniface, who in 2008 slammed the UN’s condemnation of Zimbabwe’s sham presidential election as “out of order”, to pay the children’s school fees and personal maintenance during their school years. – TimesLive