Orester Komba, 43, a mother of two – Jackline and Johnson, and a resident of Mji Mwema Street in Mbinga, Ruvuma found herself at the centre of a grinding conflict with her husband, Kelvin Milinga, after he sold their house without her knowledge. She was eventually helped by paralegals from NAJATA , a local organization working across the district of Mbinga and was awarded money that she used to build another house in which she currently lives.
The couple was married in 2005 with very little in possessions and lived in a rented house while having to endure a difficult life. Orester says a member of her church and his wife took pity upon them and offered her a job at a filling station he owned in a bid to ease their hardship. She took up the job offer while her husband remained unemployed.
With some of her wages she propped up their life at home and saved the rest which she later topped up with a loan and bought 200 bags of corn at Tsh.12,000 per bag sold them to Malawian customers in need of food for Tsh.40,000 following a drought spell in the country. With the proceeds of her corn sales she bought building mate- rial and paid labourers who built their house.
In spite of all this she says she wasn’t at ease with the fact that her husband had no job, thus she spoke to her employer about him and he was offered to work as a coffee buyer. He was however accused of siphoning Tsh.25 million, was taken to court, lost the case and was sentenced to 7 years in prison. Their employer sacked Orester claiming he couldn’t allow her to continue working for him while he had a grudge with her husband.
Seeking to get her husband out of prison she consulted lawyers who put together an appeal and won his release. Life once again became difficult for them and Kelvin turned to abusing her constantly including frequent beatings without any provocation. The abusive situation reached such a point that she sought help from her church where they couldn’t be reconciled and was instead advised to take some time away and live with her parents while efforts to find a solution persisted. It was during her absence that her husband cunningly sold their house for Tsh.30 million less than a month after she left.