Woman’s $1 300 main­te­nance bid flops

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Cyn­thia Dube

A BU­L­AWAYO City Coun­cil (BCC) ac­coun­tants clerk’s bid to be awarded $1 300 in main­te­nance was turned down by a mag­is­trate who re­duced the amount to $280.

Ms Bless­ing Mu­gari ap­peared in court seek­ing main­te­nance of $1 388 from her work­mate, BCC sys­tems an­a­lyst Phathisa Tshuma — the fa­ther of her six-year-old son.

She said her child was ill and needs fi­nan­cial sup­port from Tshuma.

“I want him to sup­port his child. Our child is ill and he needs a spe­cial nurse and maid, spe­cial food, and soap that he must use. I also need $200 to ser­vice the Toy­ota Corolla on a monthly ba­sis. I need money to buy clothes and to pay school fees. I earn $900 per month Your Wor­ship, I can’t af­ford to sup­port our child on my own while his fa­ther is earn­ing $1 600 per month,” said Ms Mu­gari.

Tshuma said he could not af­ford to pay the money that was be­ing claimed.

He said he was con­tribut­ing to the up­keep of his child.

“I have been pay­ing hos­pi­tal bills for our child and some­times I pay school fees. I think Bless­ing has for­got­ten that she also has an obli­ga­tion to main­tain that child. Some of the things that she wants are un­rea­son­able. For ex­am­ple, what type of a Corolla can re­quire $200 for ser­vice ev­ery month? I think she just dragged me to court so that she can be milk­ing money from me,” said Tshuma.

He said Ms Mu­gari told the court that she earns $900 and won­dered if their son needs $2 200 per month for up­keep.

Tshuma said he could only af­ford to pay $250 as he has other re­spon­si­bil­i­ties which in­clude pay­ing $490 for house bills.

Main­te­nance Court Mag­is­trate Mr Manasa Musi­iwa or­dered Tshuma to pay $280 monthly.

“The ap­pli­ca­tion for gar­nishee or­der is hereby granted. The gar­nishee is hereby or­dered to deduct $280 per month as main­te­nance for the up­keep of one mi­nor child with ef­fect from Septem­ber 30, 2016. The re­spon­dent is fur­ther or­dered to cater for the mi­nor child’s med­i­cal ex­penses and cloth­ing when it would be re­quired,” he said. — @cyn­thi­amthembo1

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