Nust lec­turer slapped with $450 main­te­nance or­der

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News/feature - Cyn­thia Dube Court Re­porter

A NA­TIONAL Uni­ver­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy (Nust) lec­turer has been dragged to court by his wife who is seek­ing nearly $800 for the up­keep of their two chil­dren.

Steven­son Dh­lamini (37), a lec­turer in the Depart­ment of Com­merce who earns $1 500 per month, ap­peared be­fore Main­te­nance Court mag­is­trate Mwanase Musi­iwa.

His wife Mrs No­magugu (Mpofu) Dh­lamini (23) said Dh­lamini chased her out of their mat­ri­mo­nial house in May this year af­ter they fought. The cou­ple has been mar­ried for the past five years. Mrs Dh­lamini told the mag­is­trate that Dh­lamini was not sup­port­ing his chil­dren hence she was de­mand­ing $781 main­te­nance.

“I want $781 to buy food, clothes and to pay school fees for the first born who is now at pre -school.

‘‘I also need money to pay rent be­cause Dh­lamini chased us out of the fam­ily house in May,” said Mrs Dh­lamini.

Dh­lamini told the court that he could not af­ford the money his wife was de­mand­ing.

“I have par­ents whom l look af­ter, and my mum is al­ways sick. I am also the one who takes care of my un­cle who is HIV pos­i­tive. I have an ac­count at Meik­les and l pay house bills for my par­ents and for my house. I also have to buy ex­pen­sive clothes be­cause l am a pub­lic fig­ure, I can of­fer $250,” said Dh­lamini.

The mag­is­trate or­dered him to pay $450 every month.

“The re­spon­dent is hereby or­dered to pay $450 per month as main­te­nance for two mi­nor chil­dren. He will de­posit the money into Mrs Dh­lamini’s bank ac­count un­til the chil­dren reach the age of 18 or when they be­come self-sup­port­ive,” said the mag­is­trate. The lec­turer looked shocked and covered his face with his hands.— @cyn­thi­amthembo1. Zam­bia flows through six coun­tries on its jour­ney to the In­dian Ocean.

Hy­drol­ogy ex­perts say it is Africa’s long­est east­flow­ing river pass­ing through six coun­tries on is jour­ney to the ocean.

Hy­dro­elec­tric dams along the Zam­bezi River in­clude the Kariba Dam which pow­ers Zim­babwe and Zam­bia, and Mozam­bique’s Ca­hora Bassa Dam which pow­ers Mozam­bique and South Africa.

The Zam­bezi River Basin drains an area of al­most 1,4 mil­lion square kilo­me­tres, stretch­ing across eight of the 15-mem­ber states of the South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity (Sadc) – An­gola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozam­bique Namibia, Tan­za­nia, Zam­bia and Zim­babwe.

Bor­dered by Zim­babwe and Zam­bia, Lake Kariba has a sur­face area of al­most 5,400 square kilo­me­tres. – Zim­pa­pers Syn­di­ca­tion Ser­vices.

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