A Zvishavane woman has married two men after her first husband failed to be intimate with her for the past 12 years. She was arrested and charged with bigamy.

Moreblessing Maridza (41) pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months in prison. However, three months were suspended on condition that she pays a fine of $5 000 and the other three suspended on condition on she does not commit a similar offence in the next five years.

The Sunday News reports that Maridza told the court that her first husband, Mr James Chivandire had become mentally challenged and was no longer capable of performing his duties as a husband prompting her to marry the other man.

The court heard that Maridza and Mr Chivandire wedded under Chapter 5.11 of the Marriage Act which prohibits a man or a woman from marrying more than one spouse. In 2012 Maridza went on to marry a second husband, David Mhuru and wedded him under the same Marriage Act and the two started living together.

The matter only came to light in September when an officer at the Registrar-General’s office observed that Maridza had two valid marriage certificates. She was arrested.