Kil­lian Sibanda in main­te­nance court af­ter in­come rev­e­la­tion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa Court Reporter

THE Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Nku­lumane con­stituency, Kil­lian Sibanda, has been dragged back to the Main­te­nance court af­ter the mother of one of his chil­dren found out that he was mak­ing more than $2 000 per month.

Achi­wan­gani Maseko, the child’s mother, through her lawyer Mrs Doreen Phulu of Vundhla-Phulu and Part­ners, sought an up­ward vari­a­tion of main­te­nance from $90 to $556.

Bu­l­awayo Mag­is­trate Mr Manasa Musi­iwa yesterday re­served judg­ment to to­day.

Mrs Phulu told the court that Sibanda had not been hon­est with the court about his in­come.

“Your Wor­ship when the or­der for $90 was granted, the court had only con­sid­ered his Foun­da­tion Col­lege payslip that re­flected $183. Two other sources of in­come show that he earns $217 from a pen­sion fund and $1 940 from the Par­lia­ment of Zim­babwe. This brings his in­come to $2 157 every month,” she said. Mrs Phulu said the new dis­cov­er­ies war­ranted an up­ward vari­a­tion. “Con­sid­er­ing that the child has a med­i­cal con­di­tion, there is a need for med­i­cal aid. The child is also grow­ing up and needs to start at­tend­ing crèche. The rec­om­mended crèche needs $440 whereas the med­i­cal aid will cost $110 per month. A spe­cial diet for the child will cost about $100 per month so the money be­ing asked for is quite rea­son­able,” she said. “As a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment your Wor­ship, he en­gages him­self in cam­paigns that help less priv­i­leged and hand­i­capped chil­dren yet his own child would be suf­fer­ing the same plight. Be­sides, with such an in­come, of­fer­ing $90 as up­keep is just an in­sult to his child.” Mrs Phulu said to show that the money is not be­ing sought for per­sonal gain, Sibanda can de­posit the money straight into the creche’s bank ac­count and the med­i­cal aid money straight to the rel­e­vant ac­count.

“Surely your Wor­ship with such a sta­tus in the com­mu­nity, it wouldn’t be fair to have a child without med­i­cal aid es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing that the baby has a health con­di­tion that needs at­ten­tion time and again,” said Mrs Phulu.

Sibanda ap­peared in court in April and of­fered to pay $40 for his child’s up­keep.

His sec­ond ap­pear­ance saw him ad­ding $50 bring­ing the main­te­nance fee to $90. — @tan­nytkay.

Cde Kil­lian Sibanda

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