A woman has slept with her sister’s husband while she was away in the rural areas. Now she wants to be recognised as a second wife.

But Muchaneta Zhou was having none of that and took sister, Vongai, to the Harare Civil Court where she applied for a protection order against her.

“In April, I gave birth to my third child and I had to go and stay with my parents for a couple of months leaving my husband behind with my sister. I spent four months at my parents’ home because my baby was sick and when I came back, I noticed my husband had changed his attitude towards me.

“I then asked my sister if something was going on but she denied. A few days later, the two then disclosed their affair to me,” said Muchaneta.
 Vongai confirmed bedding her sister’s husband on several occasions when she was away.

“The least I could do was to help him to fulfil his needs like any other man. I played the role of his wife when my younger sister was not there so I don’t think there is anything wrong with me helping him.

“Everyone is now calling me a husband snatcher and to maintain my dignity in the society I have to be his second wife. I am not going to vacate the house; it is also my matrimonial home.”

Magistrate Noah Gwatidzo, who presided over the matter, granted the protection order in Muchaneta’s favour.