Parents fight over son's tombstone epitaph

Parents fight over son's tombstone epitaph
Published: 09 February 2018 (162 Views)
A DIVORCED couple is haggling over the epitaph on the tombstone of their late son and performance of sacred rites on his grave at Dangamvura Cemetery. The fight has since spilled into the courts.

The two erstwhile lovers - Zvitaira Manyande and Eva Shiridzimwa – were briefly married, but went separate ways after being blessed with two children. The children went with their mother and assumed her maternal name. One of them — Wishes - died in September 24, 2016. He was 52 years and was interred at Dangamvura Cemetery.

In a joint application filed at Mutare Civil Court on January 10, 2018, Zvitaira and his brother Sonny Manyande, claimed that they were denied involvement in the children's lives and were seeking recourse to rectify the epitaph on Wishes' tombstone as well as to change the surname on his death certificate.

The Shiridzinomwas were also accused of performing sacred rituals on Wishes' grave without the Manyandes' involvement or consent. Initially the court had served an interdict to the Shiridzinomwas to stop performing rituals at Wishes' grave.

"They intentionally excluded me from any involvement in the lives of the two children who surprisingly adopted their maternal uncles' surname. I was not informed of my daughter's marriage and during the burial of my son, as the father, I was never accorded the responsibility of performing sacred rites at his burial. Rather, they performed their own rituals on my son's grave without my consent," argued Zvitaira.

However, in her opposing affidavits, Eva Shiridzinomwa and her brother Golden, hit back accusing the Manyandes of failing to pay lobola and 'chiredzwa' for the upbringing of the two children.  Eva argued that Zvitaira was irresponsible as she laboured to raise Wishes and his sister alone without any assistance from their father.

"Manyande did not pay lobola for me neither did he pay chiredzwa for him (Wishes) to claim the right over our children. We have two children together but we were never married, customarily or otherwise, we stayed together for a short period of time and he sent me back to my maternal home where I raised my two children without his help.

"The children took my surname since I raised them on my own and he was never present in their life," she said.

Eva said the traditional Shona culture states that the father is to pay 'chiredzwa' if the mother's family takes care of the children so that he takes full control of the children. Miss Kuture adjourned the matter to a later date.

- manicapost

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

WATCH: Chamisa supporters called Khupe a dissident

by Staff reporter | 21 February 2018 | 9 Views

Chamisa apologise but tells Khupe to go to Mars

by Staff reporter | 21 February 2018 | 11 Views

The politics of gender and tribe must fall - NPP Youths

by Khulani David Ndlovu | 21 February 2018 | 10 Views

Econet Media's Kwesé and iflix Deepen Partnership

by APO | 21 February 2018 | 9 Views

Khupe attackers were chanting Chamisa slogans

by Simbarashe Sithole | 21 February 2018 | 11 Views

Mujuru in Buhera

by Advocate Gift Nyandoro | 21 February 2018 | 9 Views

Attack on Khupe a Gukurahundist replica

by Mkhululi Zulu | 21 February 2018 | 8 Views

Thank You Zimbabwe - MDC-T

by Luke Tamborinyoka | 21 February 2018 | 14 Views

No lavish 94th birthday celebrations for Mugabe

by Staff reporter | 21 February 2018 | 84 Views

Mnangagwa's emissary humiliated at Tsvangirai burial

by Staff reporetr | 21 February 2018 | 92 Views

Mutambara whip up MDC-T crowd with partisan speech

by Staff reporter | 21 February 2018 | 94 Views

Chamisa invaded Tsvangirai's most private space

by Staff reporter | 21 February 2018 | 111 Views

Kaseke, ministry official clash over Mzembi

by Staff reporter | 21 February 2018 | 57 Views

'I resigned for peace's sake,' says Mugabe

by Staff reporter | 21 February 2018 | 73 Views

Zimra to streamline operations

by Staff reporter | 21 February 2018 | 42 Views

Memorial service for Gukurahundi victims set for Bhalagwe

by Staff reporter | 21 February 2018 | 37 Views

'Zimbabwean students starving in Algeria'

by Staff reporter | 21 February 2018 | 35 Views

Zanu-PF purges more G40 members

by Staff reporter | 21 February 2018 | 45 Views

Chamisa to quit politics?

by Staff reporter | 21 February 2018 | 49 Views

MDC-T trio survives mob attack

by Staff reporter | 21 February 2018 | 51 Views

Mugabe mourns Tsvangirai

by Staff reporter | 21 February 2018 | 60 Views

Zanu-PF will disturb MDC-T internal politics

by Stephen Jakes | 21 February 2018 | 50 Views

Nswazi man up for unlawful entry, theft of goods worth $45

by Stephen Jakes | 21 February 2018 | 34 Views

Cable cars for Harare CBD

by Thomas Murisa | 21 February 2018 | 71 Views

'The politics of gender and tribe must fall'

by Khulani David Ndlovu | 21 February 2018 | 44 Views

Mutare gang forces villagers to submit voter serial numbers

by Stephen Jakes | 21 February 2018 | 39 Views

Food aid distributed to only those who submit voter serial numbers

by Stephen Jakes | 21 February 2018 | 31 Views

Omega Sibanda linked company fights Childline Zimbabwe

by Concerned Bulawayo resident | 21 February 2018 | 26 Views

Tsvangirai may have been poisoned, same way as Mnangagwa was

by Stephen Jakes | 21 February 2018 | 74 Views

MDC-Thugs

by Staff reporter | 21 February 2018 | 21 Views

Mujuru the ideal candidate to lead opposition coalition in the absence of Tsvangirai

by Khulani David Ndhlovu | 21 February 2018 | 131 Views

Tsvangirai was a violent tribalist not Democrat or hero

by Wilson Mahlafuna Sibanda & Khohliso Maqhoba | 21 February 2018 | 159 Views

WATCH: Chaos at Peace and Reconciliation Commission dialogue in Bulawayo

by Staff Reporter | 21 February 2018 | 81 Views

Killed over girlfriends

by Staff reporter | 21 February 2018 | 113 Views

Tsvangirai's mother snubs Freedom Square VIP seat

by Staff reporter | 21 February 2018 | 86 Views

More rains, flooding expected

by Staff reporter | 21 February 2018 | 70 Views