‘All she cares about are her nails’

The Manica Post - - The Weekender - Tendai Guku­tikwa Week­ender Cor­re­spon­dent

A MUTARE man has taken his wife be­fore the civil court ac­cus­ing her of mis­us­ing main­te­nance money and spend­ing it on her nails and make-up.

Temba Gom­bakomba com­plained that all Estella Jiri (his wife) does was spent all day do­ing man­i­cures and pedi­cures while fail­ing to feed the chil­dren.

The cou­ple ap­peared be­fore Mutare mag­is­trate Miss Nyasha Ku­ture be­fore whom Gom­bakomba had made a main­te­nance dis­charge ap­pli­ca­tion and was ac­cus­ing his wife of mis­us­ing main­te­nance money.

“Your Wor­ship, I pay $60 main­te­nance ev­ery month, but she only buys gro­ceries worth $12. Half of that will be cab­bages and the rest she buys her make-up kits and paints her nails all day.

“She also uses some of the money to buy fuel which she sells il­le­gally. She does not care about the well-be­ing of our chil­dren,” claimed Gom­bakomba.

He also ac­cused his wife of de­fraud­ing him by forg­ing his sig­na­ture and buy­ing a phone on credit us­ing his payslip.

Gom­bakomba de­scribed his wife as an un­grate­ful per­son and a crim­i­nal who de­served to be be­hind bars.

“My wife is a crim­i­nal and I have had enough of it. Just re­cently, she stole my payslip and bank card be­fore forg­ing my sig­na­ture to buy a phone on credit. I was sur­prised when the phone company started de­duct­ing money from my ac­count. I went there and they told me she was the one who had bought the phone,” he claimed.

Jiri has since been ar­raigned be­fore the Mutare Mag­is­trates’ Court fac­ing fraud charges over the is­sue.

Gom­bakomba begged that the main­te­nance be an­nulled, claim­ing that Jiri was not us­ing it to look af­ter the chil­dren, but was rather treat­ing the main­te­nance money as her own salary.

Jiri, how­ever, would not hear of it as she claimed that she was strug­gling to make ends meet with the $60 that she was cur­rently be­ing paid as main­te­nance and even asked the court to vary the amount up­wards.

She claimed that Gom­bakomba was ly­ing so that he could get the favour of the court. She la­belled him stingy.

“Your Wor­ship, he does not come home when he gets his salary. He only comes home five days af­ter he has ex­hausted his salary.

“If it is pos­si­ble the money should be var­ied up­wards be­cause $60 is not enough for my­self and the chil­dren. As we speak, my chil­dren have school fees ar­rears, but he claims to be a re­spon­si­ble fa­ther,” she said.

Gom­bakomba ve­he­mently de­nied that he was in school fees ar­rears. The court or­dered him to col­lect the re­ceipts from the school.

He said he could only bring them af­ter schools open.

Miss Ku­ture or­dered him to con­tinue pay­ing the $60 monthly main­te­nance for his three chil­dren and come back af­ter schools opened with proof that he has been pay­ing the school fees.

Temba Gom­bakomba

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