Former Education Minister Dr Aeneas Chigwedere, accused of witchcraft by “his son” Mangwiza, has approached the High Court seeking to subject his accuser to a paternity test to establish his fatherhood.
Mr Mangwiza Chigwedere made headlines in the media last year accusing the politician and traditional leader of witchcraft and the legal battle is still pending at the Constitutional Court.
The politician pledged to pay the costs of the paternity test and he prefers the test to be conducted at the National Blood Transfusion Services in Harare. In the application, Dr Chigwedere said he has doubted Mangwiza’s paternity since birth because his mother was unfaithful to him.
“However, I assumed the rights and responsibilities of parenthood over him, with the intention of resolving this issue of paternity through cultural means, something which I regrettably delayed doing,” reads the politician’s founding affidavit.
Dr Chigwedere indicated in his affidavit that the suspicion was worsened by Mangwiza’s behaviour over the past years that saw the two clashing over witchcraft accusations.
“I have been subjected to emotional stress raised by frivolous and vexatious allegations of witchcraft against myself by the respondent.
“These allegations have now spilled to the courts and the matter is currently pending in the Constitutional Court under Case Number CCZ8/16.
“These allegations have prompted me to seek this court’s help in establishing genetic proof whether I am truly the respondent’s biological father as I am of the view that a scientific determination of the respondent’s paternity would materially assist in the matter pending before the Constitutional Court,” reads Dr Chigwedere’s affidavit.
Dr Chigwedere submitted that a paternity test would also assist in establishing Mangwiza’s true identity considering that he was viewed to be a potential beneficiary of the politician’s estate in the event of death. state media