Man gets main­te­nance de­mands from THREE women

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Cyn­thia Dube

A MAR­RIED man from Woodville sub­urb in Bu­l­awayo has been taken to court by three women seek­ing main­te­nance for the up­keep of his chil­dren.

Lang­ton Beta, a Can­teen As­sis­tant at a city trans­port com­pany, ap­peared be­fore Bu­l­awayo Main­te­nance court mag­is­trate Mr Manasa Musi­iwa where his three ex-wives Ms Afro­l­eta Tshuma, Ms Miriam Dube and Ms Mil­li­cent Hungwe claimed he was an ir­re­spon­si­ble fa­ther who ne­glected his chil­dren ever since they were born.

Beta has two chil­dren aged 14 and 12 with Ms Tshuma, one each with Ms Dube and Ms Hungwe aged six and five years old.

Ms Dube and Ms Hungwe are neigh­bours in Nku­lumane sub­urb and went to court yes­ter­day while Ms Tshuma’s main­te­nance or­der was granted in June this year. Beta earns $250 per month and has been or­dered to pay $140 for his four chil­dren.

Ms Hungwe told the court that she has been strug­gling to main­tain her five-year-old boy who was aban­doned by the re­spon­dent.

“I heard my neigh­bour, Ms Dube say­ing she dragged Beta to main­te­nance court for their daugh­ter and that en­cour­aged me to ap­ply for main­te­nance be­cause Beta is not tak­ing care of our child. I’m self­em­ployed and raise $60 per month but the money is not enough for the up­keep of our child,” she said.

Ms Hungwe said she wanted $60 per month to cover food, school fees and clothes.

Beta told the court that he can­not af­ford to pay the money as he has three other chil­dren to take care of.

“I have other re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­clud­ing $90 for rentals ev­ery month. I have to buy food for $30 ev­ery month and trans­port fare to go to work,’ he said.

Mr Musi­iwa or­dered him to pay $30 per month for the up­keep of his child.

The mag­is­trate ad­vised Beta to ap­ply for a vari­a­tion or­der af­ter he com­plained that the money was not shared equally as Ms Dube was given $50 for one child.

In June, Ms Tshuma ap­plied for $180 for the up­keep of their two chil­dren. She said she wanted the money to buy clothes, food and to pay school fees for their chil­dren.

The mag­is­trate or­dered him to pay $60 for the up­keep of his chil­dren un­til they reach the age of 18 or be­come self-sup­port­ive.

Ms Dube claimed $200 for the up­keep of the child, but Beta of­fered $20. Mr Musi­iwa or­dered him to de­posit $50 ev­ery month into the ap­pli­cant’s bank ac­count. — @cyn­thi­amthembo 1.

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