Tarumbwa sen­tenced over main­te­nance

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa

CHICKEN Inn Foot­ball Club striker Oba­diah Tarumbwa has been sen­tenced to five months in jail for fail­ure to pay main­te­nance for his two chil­dren.

Tarumbwa, who is in main­te­nance ar­rears of $543, was ar­raigned be­fore Bu­l­awayo Mag­is­trate Miss Eve­lyn Mashavakure last Fri­day. He pleaded guilty to a con­tempt of court charge. Tarumbwa pleaded with the court to give him time to set­tle his ar­rears say­ing he is fac­ing fi­nan­cial chal­lenges.

“My team is not pay­ing me enough money Your Wor­ship. “As it is I’m be­ing paid per game that I play. I’m no longer get­ting the same amount I was get­ting when I was at High­landers. I’ll do my best to set­tle my debt,” said Tarumbwa.

Miss Mashavakure, in pass­ing sen­tence, said Tarumbwa should take re­spon­si­bil­ity and make sure that he pro­vides for his chil­dren.

“You are a fa­ther and your chil­dren are your re­spon­si­bil­ity. You have to find that money and set­tle your ar­rears.

“This court sen­tences you to five months in jail wholly sus­pended on con­di­tion that you pay $543 by Oc­to­ber 30, 2016,” said Miss Mashavakure.

Tarumbwa and his wife Pa­tience have been fre­quent­ing the main­te­nance courts lately over their two chil­dren’s up­keep.

In Au­gust this year, Pa­tience was granted an up­ward vari­a­tion of $316 per month for both chil­dren from $200 that had been granted by the High court.

This was prompted by her com­plaint that Tarumbwa was not look­ing af­ter their chil­dren.

She said their first born child had started school and the younger one was asth­matic, hence more money was needed to cater for the child’s med­i­cal needs.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Nkat­hazo Dlodlo told the court that Tarumbwa owes $232 for June and $316 for July — @tan­nytkay.

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