40 years old taken to court for not paying maintenance

40 years old taken to court for not paying maintenance


ZIMBABWE – A Harare man was taken to court facing allegations of defaulting to pay maintenance towards the upkeep of his former lover and children as per court orders which left him accruing more than US$34 000 in arrears.

Hurbert Fungai Nyambuya, of No.7 Gaydon Greystone Park, was taken to Harare magistrates’ court by his former lover Nyarai Bakasa for failing to abide by the court order.

She was complaining that Nyambuya defied different court orders although he consented to paying the money at some point.

Nyambuya is facing four counts of failure to pay maintenance.

He denied the charges when he appeared before magistrate Tendai Mahwe.

Circumstances leading to the 45-year-old man’s arrest are that on December 28 2012 he was ordered by consent by the High Court to pay Nyarai US$150 per week towards the purchase of groceries and daily needs for their three minor children.

Nyarai is 40 years old, according to the State.

The State represented by Samantha Dhlamini also had it that Nyambuya failed to pay the money from December 2012 to January 2015 leaving him in arrears of US$7 568.

On December 30 of the same year, he was also ordered by a Harare Civil magistrate to pay to pay US$500 per month towards Nyarai and pay her tuition fees per semester at the university where she was attending during that time.

Nyambuya allegedly failed to pay the money ending up swimming in arrears of US$16 840.

The court heard that on July 9 2013 Nyambuya was ordered to pay outstanding school fees in the sum of US$1 410 and for the three terms of 2013 at St George’s Hartman House for one of his children.

Nyambuya reportedly failed to abide by the court order leaving him with a US$6 307 debt.

On January 29 this year he was ordered by the High Court to pay US$200 per child in respect of two of his children and he allegedly failed to pay from January to October this year.

In total Nyambuya is alleged to have accrued US$34 415 in maintenance arrears.

He is expected to be back in court on November 19 for trial.

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