Try Chadyiwa, a Harare woman, has taken her now ex-lover to the Civil Court demanding compensation for wasted time during the two's cohabitation period. The woman made the claim before magistrate Barbara Mateko, seeking a protection order against her ex-lover, Tinashe Milanda, whom she accused of dumping her after more than a year-and-a-half of co-habitation.
Chadyiwa pleaded with the court to order Milanda to either take her back to her parents’ home or compensate her for wasted time. “Please tell him to take me back to my parents because I cannot go back alone after such a long time,” she said.
The court further heard Milanda, who was absent in court, had also deserted the home which he shared with Chadyiwa.
However, the woman’s application was dismissed on the basis she had approached the wrong court. “If you want compensation, you cannot get it under the Domestic Violence Act, seek legal advice and get help on how to approach the relevant court,” she said.