Matonga, who was at the forefront of defending President Robert Mugabe’s previous administration before he formed a coalition government with long-time rival Morgan Tsvangirai, is seeking a decree of divorce in a case where both parties concur that the marriage has irretrievably broken down.
Matonga, who married Anne in Essex County in UK in 1997, admitted to having an extra marital affair, while Anne accused her husband of “gross marriage misconduct”.
A representative of the Registrar of the high court has written to Matonga and Anne’s attorneys notifying them of the setdown of the matter which will be heard on 26 November before Uchena.
Matonga, the Zanu (PF) legislator for Mhondoro-Ngezi in President Robert Mugabe’s home province of Mashonaland West, is represented by Harare law firm, Muzangaza, Mandaza and Tomana while Anne has engaged human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa to defend her against her husband’s claim.
Besides bickering with her husband, Anne is also suing businesswoman Sharon Mugabe, whom she accuses of ruining her marriage by committing adultery with and snatching her husband, a charge which Mugabe denies.
Matonga is the latest high profile Zanu (PF) politician to have a bitter wrangle with his wife played out in the public after party chairman Simon Khaya Moyo, Zanu (PF) secretary for lands, Ignatius Chombo, party member and legislator Sylvester Nguni among others.
Nearly all of the divorce cases have lifted the veil on the wealth of the Zanu (PF) officials exposing some party members as very rich while others are ranked very poor.