Divorced woman 73, secretly remarries dying ex husband, evicts old man’s son from family home
An unsuspecting Francistown man recently found himself in an unexpected bitter property fight with a scheming step mother from his father’s past.
Distraught Towotini Mpugwa listened in shock and disbelief as lawyers instructed by his 73- year-old step mother argued in court that he had no right to inherit his father’s house because he was ‘illegitimate’ 40- year- old Towotini’s ordeal started when Imeldah Mpugwa who was divorced from his father 26 years ago suddenly paid the bed- ridden old man a visit five years ago.
“When I met her for the first time in 2008 I concluded that she was my father’s church mate because she was in the company of Roman Catholic church women.”
“In 2009 she started to come home alone regularly but I never suspected anything because by then my ailing father was mentally challenged” he said.
His world however began to turn topsy-turvy when he received an eviction letter signed by Imeldah a month before the death of his father.
He ignored the letter but immediately after the old man’s passing Towotini was shocked to learn that Imeldah was once married to Mpugwa in 1964 and divorced.
He was even more flabbergasted to discover that the retired nurse had secretly re-married the 80-year-old Victor Mpugwa a few months before his death in 2010 and she was now legally entitled to all his property including the 3-bedroomed family house
“This is the home I grew up in. This is the house my two sisters and I helped our late father to build. I have spent all my life here,” said Towtini in utter frustration.
He continued: “I learnt from rumours late in 2010 that my father had re-married Imeldah in Tutume. I wondered how that could have happened because my father no longer had cows or money to marry anyone. He depended on me for everything,” said Towotini.
This week however in contest of the eviction order Towotini’s lawyer Morgan Moseki argued before magistrate Barnabas Nyamazabo that his client “has rights over the said property.
Moseki further charged that Imeldah obtained the title deed fraudulently without Towtini’s knowledge.
“Had he been consulted or known of her intentions he would have objected to the said transfer.
Even though the respondent was born out of wedlock, the late Victor Mpugwa indicated he had family, which included the respondent.
The deceased had adopted the children even though he had never married their mother,” argued Moseki.
The ruling is expected in November.