Cop dumps two chil­dren at fa­ther in-law’s house

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Cyn­thia Dube

A MAN from Bu­l­awayo’s Nketa 8 sub­urb dragged his son in law, a po­lice of­fi­cer, to the Main­te­nance Court af­ter the cop aban­doned his two chil­dren he left at the man’s house four years ago.

The court heard the chil­dren have since stopped at­tend­ing school be­cause they have no money for fees.

Mr Alpheas Moyo (71) of Nketa 8 sub­urb told Bu­l­awayo Main­te­nance Court Mag­is­trate Mr Manasa Musi­iwa that Par­son Tshuma, a po­lice of­fi­cer based in Harare, left his chil­dren four years ago dur­ing school hol­i­days and never re­turned.

He said he wanted Tshuma to con­trib­ute $200 monthly for the up­keep of his two chil­dren whose school fees was not paid for the whole of last year.

“Your wor­ship, Tshuma`s chil­dren are no longer go­ing to school. He dumped them when the first born was sup­posed to start Form One. I made sure that the chil­dren con­tin­ued with their ed­u­ca­tion but un­for­tu­nately, the first born didn`t manage to write Or­di­nary Level ex­ams be­cause l failed to raise her ex­am­i­na­tion fees,” said Mr Moyo.

He said he was now old and as such could not fend for his grand­chil­dren.

In de­fence, Tshuma said he could not af­ford to pay $200.

“I can`t af­ford $200 be­cause my wife is ex­pect­ing and l have to buy prepa­ra­tions for a baby. I think my ex-wife is also work­ing in Harare and she has an obli­ga­tion to con­trib­ute to­wards the up­keep of our chil­dren,” he said.

The mag­is­trate or­dered Tshuma to de­posit $150 per month into Moyo`s ac­count with ef­fect from this month end un­til the chil­dren reach the age of 18 or be­come self­sup­port­ive.-@cyn­thi­amthembo1.

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