Man in re­mand gets 24hrs to raise $1k up­keep ar­rears

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Florence Ncube Chron­i­cle Re­porter

A MAG­IS­TRATE has given a driver at the Zim­babwe Na­tional Roads Ad­min­is­tra­tion (Zi­nara), who owes $1 000 in main­te­nance ar­rears, 24 hours to pay the money while re­mand­ing him in cus­tody.

Collin Tshuma (44) of DRC houses in Em­pumalanga in Hwange failed to pay $50 monthly main­te­nance for his six-year-old daugh­ter un­til the money ac­cu­mu­lated to $1000.

He told Vic­to­ria Falls Mag­is­trate Ms Lindiwe Maphosa yes­ter­day that he lost his es­tranged girl­friend’s con­tacts and bank­ing de­tails when he was trans­ferred from Hwange to Masvingo.

The mag­is­trate re­manded him in cus­tody and or­dered him to ‘bring the money’ on his next ap­pear­ance to­day.

Tshuma pleaded guilty to fail­ure to pay main­te­nance and begged the court to give him time to sell some bricks to raise the money.

The mag­is­trate said Tshuma dis­re­spected a court or­der.

“Are you telling this court that for one year you couldn’t look for any means of get­ting in touch with the com­plainant or your daugh­ter? Are you aim­ing to ir­ri­tate this court be­cause you can be sent to prison for that,” said Ms Maphosa.

Tshuma un­suc­cess­fully tried to con­vince the court to give him a grace pe­riod to pay and even sug­gested that the money be gar­nished from his salary.

Prison guards led a hand­cuffed Tshuma out of the court­room into the hold­ing cells as he con­tin­ued to plead with the mag­is­trate. — @hur­ri­cane­flo

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