Guard of­fers $1 per day up­keep

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Andile Tshuma

A SE­CU­RITY guard in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day stunned a mag­is­trate when he of­fered to pay $30 in monthly main­te­nance for his 10-year-old daugh­ter.

Mr Maxwell Mu­randi of En­tum­bane Suburb ap­peared be­fore Bu­l­awayo Mag­is­trate Mr Ti­nashe Tashaya and begged the court to re­view down­wards his main­te­nance pay­ments from $80 to $30.

“I humbly re­quest this court to re­view my child main­te­nance down­ward be­cause I can no longer af­ford to pay $80 de­manded by my ex-wife. I have since re­mar­ried and have an­other child with my new wife to take care of,” said Mr Mu­randi.

“My sec­ond child was born on the 21st of April this year and I earn $206 per month.”

Ms Man­yara Ma­tumbike, his ex-wife, rub­bished his re­quest and told Mr Tashaya that her daugh­ter could not sur­vive on $1 per day.

“I won’t ac­cept his $1 per day main­te­nance of­fer Your Wor­ship. Debt col­lec­tors have been haunt­ing me since the $80 he is al­ready pay­ing isn’t enough to cater for all our needs and ex­penses,” said Ms Ma­tumbike.

“I can’t ac­cept that he wants to give us a measly $30 for our child. Just be­cause he has re­mar­ried doesn’t mean he should for­sake his first child.”

Mag­is­trate Tashaya or­dered Mr Mu­randi to pay $50 per month say­ing his of­fer was too lit­tle.

“Now that there is an­other child, con­tribut­ing $80 to each child would mean that the re­spon­dent will only be left with about $88 to him­self and that wouldn’t mo­ti­vate him to go to work.” — @andile_t­shuma

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