Waiter of­fers loaf of bread as main­te­nance

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

A WAITER at Shear­wa­ter Café in Vic­to­ria Falls has of­fered a loaf of bread worth $1 as monthly main­te­nance for his mi­nor daughter.

Mexan Mpofu said he was not earn­ing a salary but de­pends on tips, where he gets an av­er­age of $6 per week from clients.

His ex-girl­friend Ms Nyasha Moyo of Mkhosana sub­urb dragged him to the Vic­to­ria Falls Main­te­nance Court de­mand­ing money for the up­keep of the mi­nor, whose age was not men­tioned in court.

“He has aban­doned his daughter and be­fore we came here, I tried sev­eral times to talk to him about the up­keep of the child and he told me he can only give me $1. He said he could only af­ford to buy bread and even told me to buy from a nearby tuck-shop,” said Ms Moyo.

In re­sponse, Mpofu said he re­sides with his elder brother be­cause he has no money.

“At the restau­rant where I’m em­ployed, I only get tips which amount to about $6 per week. I can’t af­ford to buy food and I eat at my work­place dur­ing the day and sleep at my brother’s place,” he said.

Mpofu said he doubted he was the lit­tle girl’s fa­ther and de­manded DNA tests to be con­ducted.

“Be­sides, I am not sure if this child is mine be­cause when I met the ap­pli­cant she was see­ing an­other man,” said Mr Mpofu.

Ms Moyo told the court that she broke up with the un­named man when she started her af­fair with Mpofu.

Pre­sid­ing Mag­is­trate Ms Ran­gari­rai Gakanje ad­vised Mr Mpofu to en­sure a DNA test was car­ried out at his ex­pense in the next three months.

The mag­is­trate said the court will to­day de­cide how much Mpofu should pay for the child’s up­keep in the in­terim.

Ms Moyo is ex­pected to sup­ply the court with in­for­ma­tion about Mpofu’s fi­nan­cial sta­tus af­ter claim­ing that he earns about $350 a month.

The court or­dered Mpofu to fa­cil­i­tate that the child gets a birth cer­tifi­cate af­ter Ms Moyo com­plained that he was un­will­ing to as­sist his daughter to ob­tain one.

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