Man main­tains an­other man’s child for 16 years

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - From Ge­orge Maponga in Masvingo

A FORMER Masvingo teacher is plan­ning to take le­gal ac­tion against his former lover af­ter she forced him to main­tain a child that was not his for 16 years un­til pa­ter­nity tests proved oth­er­wise.

Cuth­bert Damba (46) of Mucheke sub­urb, who is now an in­for­mal trader af­ter re­sign­ing from teach­ing in 2012, had been main­tain­ing his lover’s son — who is now in Form 3 — since his birth in 2000.

Damba now wants to sue his former lover to re­cover the money he paid for the up­keep of an­other man’s child for 16 years.

He is also de­mand­ing money from his ex-lover El­iz­a­beth Maka­mure — a for­eign cur­rency dealer — for defama­tion of char­ac­ter.

The former school teacher won a court re­prieve to stop pay­ing main­te­nance on Tues­day af­ter pa­ter­nity tests con­ducted on Au­gust 31 this year, proved that he was not the bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther of his ex-lover’s son.

Masvingo pro­vin­cial mag­is­trate Mr Vic­tor Muham­mad presided over the case.

Damba also wants to be resti­tuted the $350 he paid for pa­ter­nity tests.

He wants to be re­paid the $1 620 he paid for 27 months since June 2014 un­til Au­gust this year as main­te­nance for Maka­mure’s son.

Damba says the courts should de­ter­mine the amount he should be re­paid by Maka­mure for the main­te­nance he paid dur­ing the Zim­babwe dol­lar era.

Speak­ing to our Masvingo Bu­reau yes­ter­day, the fa­ther of two said he was now a re­lieved man af­ter pa­ter­nity tests proved that he had not fa­thered a child with Maka­mure.

He said what pained him most is that he was pay­ing main­te­nance for 16 years for a per­son who he did not know.

“To be hon­est, I had not seen the boy ever since he was born but this woman (Maka­mure) made me to main­tain him for 16 years. I only saw him on 31 Au­gust this year when we went for pa­ter­nity tests in Harare,’’ he said.

“Now that my name has been cleared in the eyes of my fam­ily I now want her (Maka­mure) to pay me for defama­tion of char­ac­ter and also re­fund me the money I paid to main­tain her child since 2000. The court will de­cide how much she will pay be­cause part of money was paid in the now de­funct Zim­babwe dol­lar.’’

Damba said he will soon ap­proach his lawyers to for­mally take ac­tion against Maka­mure.

“I was bedrid­den dur­ing the past few days and I am only re­cov­er­ing now but I will soon be en­gag­ing my lawyers to take ac­tion against Maka­mure. I want to clear my name and also re­cover the money I used to main­tain her child,’’ he said.

He said he main­tained Maka­mure’s son un­til 2009 when the coun­try adopted dol­lar­i­sa­tion and only started pay­ing in green­back in June 2014, un­til the courts or­dered him to stop on Tues­day this week.

“The good thing is that my wife be­lieved what I was say­ing so there were no prob­lems in my fam­ily be­cause of the main­te­nance I was pay­ing to Maka­mure. I in­sisted on pa­ter­nity tests be­cause I knew I would be vin­di­cated, I do not sire chil­dren out­side mar­riage, that is not in me,’’ Damba ex­plained.

Maka­mure could not be reached for com­ment as her mo­bile phone was barred for in­com­ing calls while she was nowhere to be seen at her work­place near a city mo­tel.

Damba met Maka­mure in Chivi in 2000 when he was teach­ing at Tokwe Pri­mary school.

The two dated for three months af­ter which Maka­mure told his lover that she was preg­nant.

The former school teacher de­vel­oped high blood pres­sure af­ter Maka­mure told her about the preg­nancy.

Damba be­came sus­pi­cious af­ter Maka­mure gave birth at a date that was not com­pat­i­ble with the time the pair were in love.

This pushed him to in­sist on pa­ter­nity tests which even­tu­ally vin­di­cated him 16 years later.

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