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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Satur­day, Novem­ber 2, 1991 — A Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate will make a ruling some time next week on whether a man su­ing his son for main­te­nance is his nat­u­ral fa­ther.

Post­pon­ing the ruling to al­low her­self time to con­sult author­i­ties on the mat­ter, Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate, Mrs Sheilla Mugugu, said it would only be after she had made the ruling that the is­sue of main­te­nance would be de­bated, de­pend­ing on the out­come of her judg­ment.

Cde Nor­man Sibany­oni (70) made an ap­pli­ca­tion seek­ing monthly main­te­nance of $205 from his son Jer­ald to cover his rental and food ex­penses. In his af­fi­davit, Cde Sibany­oni said he was mar­ried to Jer­ald’s mother un­til the mar­riage was dis­solved in the Bu­l­awayo com­mu­nity court on May 16 last year.

“Presently I am not em­ployed. I sew and sell items to make a liv­ing but the money I raise is not enough. It is on these grounds that I seek main­te­nance from my son,’’ said the af­fi­davit.

In re­sponse to the af­fi­davit, Jer­ald’s coun­sel, Mr Maphios Cheda, told the court that Cde Sibany­oni was Jer­ald’s step­fa­ther and not his nat­u­ral fa­ther.

“In view of the cir­cum­stances, my client has no le­gal obli­ga­tion to main­tain Cde Sibany­oni,’’ said Mr Cheda.

“My client tells me that Jer­ald was born when the cou­ple were stay­ing to­gether as hus­band and wife. Fur­ther he states that his wife never told him that Jer­ald was not his son and hence Jer­ald has a le­gal obli­ga­tion to main­tain him,’’ said Cde Sibany­oni’s de­fence coun­sel, Mr J ob Sibanda.

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