Three months jail for up­keep ar­rears pas­tor

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

A PAS­TOR from Cow­dray Park in Bu­l­awayo has been sen­tenced to three months in jail over main­te­nance ar­rears.

A court heard that Gor­don Ncube (45) had a main­te­nance or­der granted against him in April this year or­der­ing him to $137 per month for the up­keep of his three chil­dren.

Ncube had not paid any­thing since the date the or­der was granted.

In Au­gust, he paid and re­mained with a $213 short­fall.

He pleaded guilty to a fail­ure to pay main­te­nance charge.

Bu­l­awayo Mag­is­trate Miss Eve­lyn Mashavakure sen­tenced Ncube to three months in prison, wholly sus­pended on con­di­tion that he pays $213 be­fore Oc­to­ber 15 this year.

“Your Wor­ship I’m sorry for the ar­rears that I have ac­cu­mu­lated. I wish to give my chil­dren a bet­ter life but I don’t have any source of in­come. I live on do­na­tions in kind and the lit­tle amounts that peo­ple bring as of­fer­ing,” said Ncube. He told the court that he re­alises about $150 a month. “From that amount your wor­ship I pay rentals of $40 where I stay and $60 where we fel­low­ship. So I am left with $50 which has to cater for my gro­ceries and bills. I’m try­ing all that I can to pay up main­te­nance for my chil­dren.”

Miss Mashavakure said it is manda­tory for him to look af­ter his chil­dren.

“You be­ing em­ployed or not is not your chil­dren’s prob­lem. As a fa­ther you are sup­posed to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for your chil­dren. A court gave you that or­der and if you had re­alised you could no longer af­ford, you should have come back and ap­plied for a vari­a­tion down­wards,” she said.

Mr Nkat­hazo Dlodlo pros­e­cuted. — @tan­nytkay

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