ZESA Holdings executive chairman Sydney Gata is divorcing his wife Ntombana Regina Mugabe, a sister to the late former president Robert Mugabe.
Gata married Mugabe, a biotechnologist, in January 1987, and has told a court that their marriage has “irretrievably broken down.”
The couple has a son together, who is now an adult.
In summons filed at the Harare High Court, Gata said he had not lived together with Mugabe as husband and wife for 30 of those 35 years. He said:
The marriage between us has irretrievably broken down… I have lost all love and affection towards the defendant.
We have lived apart since 1992 which is inconsistent with a normal marriage relationship.
We have reached an agreement with the defendant and the agreement has been reduced to a consent paper between us.
In the settlement, the couple agreed that Mugabe will keep a house in Grange, Harare, on a piece of land measuring 4 260 square meters.
Gata also agreed to pay Mugabe a lump sum of US$18 000 and US$800 in divorce costs and US$500 monthly for her upkeep or the equivalent in Zimbabwean dollars backdated to 1 January 2022. The agreement reads:
Plaintiff’s obligation to pay spousal maintenance… shall terminate once the plaintiff’s employment contract with ZESA terminates on November 30, 2024, or is for any reason earlier terminated than November 30, 2024.
The matter is pending.