Ex-wife saves Bantu Rovers boss from con­tempt of court shame

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Andile Tshuma

BANTU Rovers Foot­ball Club Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Wil­bert Sibanda yes­ter­day ap­peared in court on con­tempt of court charges for al­legedly de­fault­ing on monthly pay­ments for the up­keep of his two mi­nor chil­dren.

Sibanda (36) ap­peared be­fore Bulawayo mag­is­trate Mr Ti­nashe Tashaya af­ter he al­legedly failed to pay $544 in maintenance fees.

The Bantu Rovers CEO was taken to court by his ex-wife, Ms Matham­sanqa Sibanda, of Khu­malo sub­urb.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Ray Mak­haza said the charges arose from Sibanda’s fail­ure to abide by a maintenance or­der is­sued in May this year.

“The re­spon­dent was or­dered on 20 May by this com­pe­tent court to pay half of school fees and regis­ter the two chil­dren on med­i­cal aid and pay $387 monthly in re­spect of maintenance for the two mi­nor chil­dren,” said Mr Mak­haza.

“The accused de­faulted or went against the mag­is­trate’s or­der as he failed to pay fully for the months of May and June all amount­ing to an ar­rear of $544.

“He also failed to regis­ter med­i­cal aid for his two mi­nor chil­dren as per the court rul­ing. The re­spon­dent acted un­law­fully as de­lay­ing on maintenance prej­u­diced the wel­fare of his chil­dren.”

Mag­is­trate Tashaya cau­tioned Wil­bert af­ter Ms Sibanda opted to set­tle the mat­ter out of court.

She filed an af­fi­davit with­draw­ing the con­tempt of court case.

Ms Sibanda said she had with­drawn the mat­ter will­ingly and there was no un­due in­flu­ence ex­erted on her.

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