A prominent Bulawayo pathologist Dr. Roger Kruger Hendrick Chigangacha has accused his ex-girlfriend of faking the paternity of her daughter who is now aged 11 years by claiming that he was the biological father of the girl.
B-Metro reported that the doctor is suing his foreign-based ex-girlfriend, Natasha Popova Sibanda, a former actress in the TV drama Amakorokoza for US$163 000 for falsely attributing the paternity of her child to him.
Natasha starred as AK’s wife in the drama.
Through his lawyers Mashayamombe and Company Attorneys, Dr. Chingangacha filed a summons at the High Court in Bulawayo on 20 January 2023 citing Sibanda as the defendant under case number HC51 / 23.
Dr. Chigangacha said in December 2022, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) profiling was conducted on him and his purported daughter and the results disqualified him from being the girl’s biological father.
In papers before the court, Dr. Chigangacha said Sibanda’s actions subjected him to humiliation, stress, and a sense of betrayal. He said:
On 19 December 2022, and through DNA profiling carried out on me and the minor child, the profile results conclusively excluded me as being the biological father of the child.
It was reasonably foreseeable or ought to have been foreseen by the defendant that her promiscuous behaviour at the time of conception would have resulted in me being falsely imputed fatherhood of the child.
… By reason of the defendant’s conduct, I acted on her misrepresentation and paid for all the educational requirements of the child up to December 31, 2022.
I have also expended some money in respect of travels and costs towards the general welfare and upkeep of the minor child.
The pathologist wants the court to order Sibanda to pay him US$100 000 for her wrongful and deceitful attribution of the paternity of the child to him.
He also wants the court to direct the former actress to pay special damages of US$63 000 arising from the payment of the child’s education, health, and incident costs including her upkeep and welfare.
Dr. Chigangacha wants the money to be paid with interest at the prescribed rate from the date of issue of summons to the date of payment in full.
The pathologist said he was involved in an extra-marital affair with Sibanda from 2011 until June 2012 during which they engaged in sex.
He said Sibanda conceived and gave birth on May 20, 2012.
Sibanda is yet to respond to the summons.