Former Barura and Orchestra Mberikwazvo rhythm guitarist
Innocent Mjintu is at odds with his in-laws for not paying
lobola for the past 25 years.

This emerged during a spat between him and his in-laws
following his wife’s death.

His wife Enita succumbed to anemia on Wednesday at Chitungwiza
Central Hospital.

When H-Metro arrived at the funeral there was a quarrel between
the two parties with the wife’s relatives demanding their bride
price before they could bury their relative.

It emerged that Mjintu only paid damages to Enita’s uncle
Raphael Sibanda without paying lobola to Enita’s father.

“I am actually shocked to learn this from my in-laws; they are
demanding another bride price from me after I paid a sum of
Z$1500 to her uncles in 1992.

“I am not the one who is at fault; they deceived each other
back then and now they are troubling my wife’s rest,” narrated

“The late Leonard Dembo accompanied my go-between (munyai) to
pay lobola and his presence even attracted neighbours since he
was a celebrity and everyone knew of my union with my late
wife,” he said.

Mjintu added:

“My in-laws turned all the money into damages assuming that I
had a lot of money and that did not go well with my wife.

“She discouraged me from paying more lobola arguing that she
grew up at her mother’s side and didn’t want her father to take
her bride price.

“The clash here now is that vakabereka mudzimai wangu vavakuda
pfuma yavowo kubva kuna sekuru vemukadzi wangu ndozvanonotsa
maburial arrangements.”

Listening through the family court (dare), these reporters
established that Enita’s uncle Saineti Chida chose to ignore
the demands being made by the deceased’s father.

“We have since resolved the issue and we are expecting to bury
her tomorrow (today) at Unit L here in Chitungwiza.

“We are not listening to whatever they are saying because ndini
ndakachengeta mwana kubva arigrade 2 kusvika asangana

“Pakauya vanyai vaInnocent takatovasuma vakatora mari yakawanda
isu tikangosarira mafufu, zvavarikuda izvezvi hatizvigone
ngavapedzerane nemukuwasha wavo after taradzika mwana
wehadzvadzi yangu,” he said.

The deceased’s father, who is also a Muslim, also demanded his
daughter to be buried in their customs.

“I want my daughter to be buried in Muslim customs because
that’s what I believe.

“I also want the husband to pay a proper lobola not what he is
referring to because according to me haana kuroora mwana
wangu,” he said.

One of the neighbours Stella Zvikwende who nursed Mjintu’s wife
during her sickness said she was disheartened by the

“I only want to see my friend laid to rest, I saw her go
through a lot of pain and I used to nurse her whenever her
husband found the going tough.

“Her relatives came here two weeks ago and dumped her in
Mjintu’s hands and now they want to trouble her corpse again,
haiwa zviri kundirwadza ini,” she said.

Mjintu’s former workmates Noel Nyazanda, Lucky Mumiriki and
Jonasi Kasamba, among others, were part of the mourners

The musician is survived by his son and daughter.

Mourners are gathered at number 27688 Unit L KwaChigumba at an
area known as KwaMacheso.


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