In Summary
  • George Gona Charo has become a frequent visitor of the courts as his second wife Neema Nijnikant Shah has sued him for bigamy – the offence of marrying someone while already married to another person.
  • Mr Charo is further accused of threatening to kill his second wife after she discovered he had another wife.
  • In her testimony, Ms Shah says she was led to believe she was Mr Charo's only wife and that they had even vacationed in Mauritius.
  • Mr Charo denies the charges and insists he has no personal problem with Ms Shah and that he is ready for talks to iron out their differences.

A 30-year-old man could spend five years in prison for allegedly taking a second woman without informing her of the existence of a first wife.

George Gona Charo has become a frequent visitor of the Shanzu Law Courts as his second wife Neema Nijnikant Shah has sued him for bigamy – the offence of marrying someone while already married to another person.

Ms Shah accuses her husband of entering a civil marriage with her despite having already legally married Ms Dama Kaingu.

Mr Charo, who wedded Ms Shah at Shenai restaurant in 2016, is also accused by the Director of Public Prosecution of giving false information to the registrar of marriages - that he was still single.

The charge sheet says Mr Charo told the registrar that he had never married, information he knew to be false, with the intention of having his wedding officiated.

The prosecution notes that the registrar would not have married them had he known the truth.

ATTEMPTED MURDER

That is not all.

Mr Charo is further accused of threatening to kill his second wife after she discovered he had another wife.

In her testimony in court, Ms Shah said she was led to believe she was Mr Charo's only wife and that they had even vacationed in Mauritius.

She narrated to the court on Thursday that after their marriage she visited her husband’s rural home in Kaloleni where they had built a house.

“When Mr Charo came out of the house, he never greeted me. He was too rude. He asked me why I did not notify him of my visit. I did not reply,” she said.

She said that instead of responding to her greetings, the man hurled insults at her and threatened to burn her using petrol.

Realising that all was not well, Ms Shah told the court, she left the compound and went back to her house in Nyali.

“He showed me another woman who had three children, whom he claimed was his wife. I was surprised since I was the one who financed the building of the house. I did everything to make sure we built a house at Kaloleni,” she said.

SOUR RELATIONS

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