Main­te­nance court shoots down mum’s pri­vate school ap­peal

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News/opinion - Cyn­thia Dube Court Re­porter Cuth­bert Mavheko

A MAN from Bu­l­awayo who was yes­ter­day taken to the Main­te­nance Court by his ex–wife left the court relieved after a mag­is­trate ac­cepted that he could send his daugh­ter to a less ex­pen­sive govern­ment school rather than Pe­tra Pri­mary School pre­ferred by the mother of his child.

Ms Anita Sibanda (24) from Mat­sheumhlophe sub­urb - who was said to be a Nust stu­dent - dragged her ex-hus­band Charles Makore (29), a Pre­to­ria Port­land Ce­ment (PPC) em­ployee, to court say­ing she had heard that he had se­cured a bet­ter pay­ing job.

Ms Sibanda said she was seek­ing a main­te­nance vari­a­tion or­der from $90 to $460.

She said she had se­cured a place for their five-yearold child at Pe­tra Pri­mary School and was sup­posed to de­posit $145 into the school`s ac­count by Fri­day.

“I heard that Makore got a new job that is bet­ter pay­ing than last time when the court granted me $90 for main­te­nance. By then he was work­ing at Belle­vue Spar but now he works at PPC. Our child is go­ing for Grade One next year and l need money to pay school fees for her,” said Ms Sibanda.

In re­sponse, Makore said he can­not af­ford $460 and main­te­nance was the re­spon­si­bil­ity of both par­ents.

“Your Wor­ship, Anita is just a stu­dent and all she thinks about is look­ing for a place for our child at a pri­vate school. She is sup­posed to learn to live within her means,” he said.

“I love my daugh­ter and l have se­cured a place for her at a govern­ment school where l know l can af­ford her school needs. The prob­lem about the mother of my child is that she just wants to milk money from me.”

Makore said Ms Sibanda was sup­posed to con­tact him be­fore run­ning to court for an up­ward vari­a­tion as he had al­ready se­cured a place at a govern­ment pri­mary school.

He said he was will­ing to pay $130 per month for the up­keep of their child and cover all other re­lated school re­quire­ments.

Bu­l­awayo Main­te­nance mag­is­trate Mr Manasa Musi­iwa or­dered Makore to pay $130 for the up­keep of their child and pay school fees as well as pro­vide all the school re­quire­ments.— @cyn­thi­amthembo1.

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