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MBABANE – His body is already decomposing in his grave, but two women are still fighting over him.

The women are contesting to have been both legally married to the man through civil rites.
This is the story of the late Swaziland-based Malawian businessman Owen Chitata Thindwa.

Thindwa, who was the director of Owen Thindwa and Associates, is reported to have died in South Africa in March 16, 2017.
A woman from his home country, Margaret Thindwa, who claims to be his rightful wife, has taken Fikile Adelaide Ngcamphalala who is a Swazi, to the High Court.

Margaret wants the court to declare a civil rites marriage between Thindwa and Ngcamphalala to be bigamous.
She claims that she was married to Thindwa in 1977, while Fikile, who hails from Ndunazithini, alleged that she wed the businessman in 2008. In her application, Margaret is also praying for an order declaring her as the legal and lawful wife of the late businessman at the time of his death.

The applicant (Margaret) further wants the court to direct the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths (BMDs) to expunge from his record the marriage certificate between Thindwa and Fikile.

In her application, Margaret alleged that on or about July 20, 1977, they duly solemnised a lawful civil rites marriage in terms of Malawian African Marriage (Christian Rite) Act with Thindwa (the late businessman). She highlighted that during his lifetime, Thindwa set up businesses between Swaziland and South Africa.

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