THE bride fainted while her would-be husband was led away in handcuffs by cops as a secret Gweru wedding collapsed in spectacular fashion Saturday after the man’s estranged wife suddenly turned up.
South Africa-based Movern Madhende of Mkoba in Gweru had laid out a lavish wedding with new love Rejoice Muchingambi at the upmarket Mpumalanga Lodge on Saturday morning but did not factor in the determination of his estranged wife.
Just before the lovebirds exchanged their vows, Mabhende’s Mutare-based wife, Rumbidzai Chipuma, turned up with their two year-old son and the police in tow.
Having discovered that her husband planned to wed his new lover without legally ending their marriage, Chipuma travelled to Gweru to scuttle his plans.
She also took care to visit the police first because Mabhende had defaulted on a court order to pay $1,500 in child support per month.
“We arrested Movern Madhende at a wedding ceremony at an upmarket lodge where he was set to wed another woman without the knowledge of the first wife,” he said.
“Madhende is still in police custody and facing a charge of contempt of court after he defaulted in paying maintenance for the upkeep of his child.”
“People tried to plead with two police officers who arrested Madhende, to spare him the embarrassment of walking in handcuffs in the presence of his “in-laws” who had come for the grand occasion,” said one guest.
“Some of the invited guests mobbed the wife accusing her of spoiling the ‘party’ as they were geared for the wedding and food.”
Chipuma however, retorted that her husband never paid her anything towards the upkeep of their child only, leaving her to struggle by herself.
She said she was stunned to learn that he was about to wed another woman in Gweru and she wasted no time tracking him down.
His wife is said to have repeatedly tried to phone him at his South Africa base but he reportedly ignored her and also neglected helping with the upkeep of their child.