An incestuous relationship between a 20-year-old Nyanga man and his sister has been exposed after the duo sired a child.
Samuel Nyadawa, was in love with the daughter of his mother’s younger sister, Mavis Chekwa (18) and the affair was kept under wraps.
According to reports by Manica Post, their child is now seven months old.
The matter was first heard in Mavis’ church before a deacon decided to take it to the police and then to Chief Saunyama’s court where the two were found guilty and punished for having an ‘improper’ relationship.
“This is the first of its kind to be heard in this court,” said Chief Saunyama.
“The dilemma was that Samuel and Mavis’ mothers are sisters making them first degree relatives yet they share different totems. Culturally, if they hailed from the same family, that is, on their fathers’ side and share the same totem we would have said bvisai mombe yecheka hukama,” he said.
Samuel said although he accepted Chief Saunyama’s court verdict to break up, his heart was left heavily bleeding as he dearly loves Mavis and their son.
“It all started as child play when we were watering the gardens at the village. I used to visit my ‘wife’ at their homestead and I would do some of the menial jobs for them since our mothers are sisters.
“We were all alive to the fact that we are related. The plays blossomed into love affair that resulted in us having an intimate se_xual relationship. She ended up being pregnant,” he said.
Mavis believes that the decision by the court was harsh on her considering that they were also forced to divorce.
“I still love my husband and it has been difficult for me to think of my future without him. We were happily in love and enjoying our union. Now that the court has decided to separate us, I do not know how I am going to survive and how my future would be,” she said.