Main­te­nance hear­ing ex­poses grand­dad in­cest

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Cyn­thia Dube

A WOMAN from Bu­l­awayo’s Pu­mula sub­urb yes­ter­day dragged her grand­fa­ther to court seek­ing $180 main­te­nance af­ter they sired a child to­gether fol­low­ing what she said were months of a com­pli­cated love af­fair.

Ms Olivia Moyo (29) told Bu­l­awayo Mag­is­trate Mr Manasa Musi­iwa that she has a five- year-old child with her grand­fa­ther, Mr Si­manga Ncube, who is in his 70s. She said she was strug­gling to main­tain the child. Ms Moyo said she took long to ap­proach the courts as her fam­ily mem­bers said she had em­bar­rassed them by bed­ding her grand­fa­ther when her grand­mother was still alive.

It was not stated in court if Mr Ncube was her pa­ter­nal or ma­ter­nal grand­fa­ther.

“Your wor­ship, the rea­son why I’m here today is be­cause my grand­fa­ther doesn’t want to sup­port our child. I need $180 so that I can man­age to buy food and clothes for the child. Next year she is go­ing to Grade One and I need school fees,” she said.

“I know I’ve dis­ap­pointed my par­ents by com­ing to court be­cause they said I em­bar­rassed them by hav­ing sex­ual in­ter­course with my grand­fa­ther. I was tempted and we loved each other for few months.”

Mr Ncube told the court that he could not af­ford the money that was claimed by his grand­daugh­ter as he was old and does not have strength to work for him­self.

In ad­di­tion, he said he was not sure if he was the fa­ther of his grand­daugh­ter’s child and de­manded a pa­ter­nity test.

“I think I had sex­ual in­ter­course with my grand­daugh­ter eight years ago and if the child is five years, that’s another story. I can af­ford to give her $15 ev­ery month and look for money so that we can go for a pa­ter­nity test,” said Mr Ncube.

He said for the past five years he used to hear that he was the fa­ther of the child but Ms Moyo never in­formed him.

The mag­is­trate or­dered him to pay $40 per month into Ms Moyo bank ac­count for the up­keep of their child.

“You’re fur­ther or­dered to fund for and fa­cil­i­tate the car­ry­ing out of the pa­ter­nity test within six months from this month end, fail­ure of which this order be­comes fi­nal,” said Mr Musi­iwa.— @ cyn­thi­amthembo1

Vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents re­ceive maize made avail­able un­der a food aid pro­gramme at the Khu­malo Hockey Sta­dium in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day

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