Woman Jailed for Setting Husband on Fire Amid Marital Dispute

March 21, 2024
| Report Focus News

In a shocking incident that has drawn widespread attention, a 35-year-old woman has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after being convicted of setting her husband on fire following a domestic dispute. The National Prosecuting Authority of Zimbabwe (NPAZ) disclosed the distressing details of the case, which culminated in a violent act on the 1st of January, 2024.

Cecilia Chitambo, the accused, engaged in a heated argument with her husband, Fungai Nyazana, over allegations of an extramarital affair. The confrontation escalated after Chitambo’s ex-husband visited her at their matrimonial home, leading to suspicions and accusations from Nyazana.

The argument prompted Chitambo to temporarily leave for her parents’ home. Upon her return the following day, the couple found themselves embroiled in yet another dispute, this time concerning financial issues. It was during this altercation that Chitambo left the scene, only to return with a container filled with petrol.

In a horrifying turn of events, Chitambo doused Nyazana with the petrol and set him on fire. The quick-thinking victim managed to rush to the kitchen and douse himself with a bucket of water to mitigate the burns. Despite his efforts, Nyazana sustained injuries that necessitated hospital treatment.

Following the incident, Chitambo was arrested and brought to trial, where she faced charges related to the attack. The NPAZ stated, “The accused person was convicted and sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, of which six months was suspended for five years on the condition of good behavior. She will serve 12 months effective.”

This case has sparked a conversation about domestic violence and the severity of responses to marital conflicts in Zimbabwe. Legal experts and activists are calling for greater awareness and stricter measures to prevent such violent incidents within homes.

The sentencing of Chitambo serves as a grim reminder of the consequences of domestic violence and the tragic outcomes that can emerge from unresolved marital disputes.