AN irate woman from Masvingo's Pangolin suburb last week allegedly scalded her sleeping husband, a Victoria High School teacher with hot porridge over allegations of infidelity.
The incident happened on Saturday night when Mr Sam Chisadza (29) was left with first degree burns by his unnamed wife. The woman allegedly poured hot porridge into her husband's undergarments while he was fast asleep and he is admitted at Masvingo General Hospital where he is receiving treatment.
According to a resident, the couple had a history of domestic violence and the day in question the wife had seen a phone number she thought belonged to her husband's girlfriend.
“The incident happened when the wife saw a phone number in Mr Chisadza's mobile phone, which she suspected to be the man's girlfriend. When she asked him, he failed to give a satisfactory answer and a misunderstanding ensued leading to Mr Chisadza moving out of the house, only to return later in the night dead drunk,” he said.
It is further alleged that the man went straight to bed when he returned.
“The man returned during the wee hours of the night and went to bed and slept as if all was well. The wife behaved, as if she was also fast asleep yet she wanted to strike at the right time.
“Unbeknown to him, the wife had allegedly prepared porridge while the man had gone out and had left it simmering on the stove,” said a resident.
Another resident, who identified himself as Munya said when the man was fast asleep the wife took the porridge from the stove.
“When the man was snoring, the wife allegedly opened her husband's underwear before pouring a pot full of hot porridge. Mr Chisadza was awakened by the burning and screamed for help. The wife allegedly seemed unfazed, as her mission to punish him had been accomplished.
“The man was later rescued by a neighbour, only identified as Mr Mafuku, who ferried him to the hospital,” said Munya.
When contacted for comment, Mr Mafuku, who said he was a friend to Mr Chisadza confirmed the incident and said the man was recuperating in the hospital.
“I can confirm that my friend, who also happens to be my neighbour, was scalded by his wife of many years after the couple had a dispute over allegations of infidelity,” said Mr Mafuku.
“The man was left with first degree burns and his manhood could have been badly affected. As I speak, he is still admitted in hospital recovering,” he said.
Efforts to get a comment from the wife proved fruitless, as she was not reachable on her mobile phone.
But confirmed reports say she has left her matrimonial home with her two children while her in-laws are fuming over her behaviour.
“Mrs Chisadza is believed to have left and has not been seen visiting her husband in the hospital. She packed her bags and left. It could be that she is afraid of her in-laws because they are breathing fire accusing her of wanting to kill their son,” said a resident.