FLASHY businessman Phillip Chiyangwa’s marriage faces collapse after his wife filed for divorce and demanded 85 percent of their wealth which includes a vast portfolio of properties.
Elizabeth Chiyangwa, who married the flamboyant entrepreneur in 1988, wants out saying the marriage had irretrievably broken down and accusing her husband of flagrant infidelity.
The couple solemnised their union under Chapter 5:11 of the Marriages Act in 1988. They have two daughters, Ellen Vanessa (born 1986) and Mitchelle Martha (born 1989).
In papers filed at the High Court through her lawyer, Advocate Isaiah Mureriwa of Scanlen and Holderness, Elizabeth said: “The defendant (Chiyangwa) has improperly associated himself with several other women sexually.
“The defendant continues with such conduct such that the plaintiff finds his continued behaviour irreconcilable with a continued marital relationship between her and the defendant.
“The defendant continuously neglects, emotionally and physically, abuses the plaintiff in a manner inconsistent with a normal marital relationship.
“The abuse is to the extent that the plaintiff lives in constant fear of the defendant and her continued living with him is out of submission as opposed to consent, a situation incompatible with a normal marital relationship.
“The defendant has successfully alienated his love for the plaintiff to other several women to the extent that the plaintiff regards as irreconcilable with a continued marital relationship.
“As a result of the conducts and behaviours mentioned above, the plaintiff has consequently lost all trust, faith, love and affection for the defendant to the extent that she desires to have this marriage dissolved.”
She said the properties were acquired by the couple over the years but registered in Chiyangwa’s name or names of some companies linked to him.
She also urged the court to appoint an independent auditor to determine the exact extent and particulars of the estate they acquired during the subsistence of the marriage and compile an inventory of the properties.