MP Sibanda or­dered to pay $250 child sup­port

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

THE Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Nku­lumane con­stituency, Kil­lian Sibanda, has been or­dered to pay $250 per month for the up­keep of his daugh­ter af­ter the mother of one of his chil­dren found out that he earns more than $2 000 per month.

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

Bu­l­awayo Mag­is­trate Mr Manasa Musi­iwa granted the upward vari­a­tion.

In pass­ing his rul­ing, Mr Musi­iwa said the new dis­cov­er­ies jus­ti­fied the in­crease.

“The re­spon­dent ne­glected to dis­close all his fi­nances. Ap­pli­cant went a step ahead to in­quire on his in­come. It is in­evitable un­der the cir­cum­stances to ac­cept a vari­a­tion up­wards. How­ever, $550 is not jus­ti­fi­able.

“Re­spon­dent is or­dered to pay $250 per month. He will pay fees di­rectly to the school ac­count, cater for sta­tionery and med­i­cal ex­penses,” he said.

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 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

Kil­lian Sibanda

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