ZIMBABWE – A 32-year-old man who defaulted paying US$200 as maintenance revealed in court that failed to settle the amount because his father had passed away.
Langton Chereni made a time to pay application where he promised to settle the maintenance arrears on December 21 to his former wife Cleopatra Kadengu.
Chitungwiza magistrate Renikah Dzikiti granted Langton’s application and was ordered to settle the money by December 21 as he had requested.
“I have never defaulted paying maintenance before, my record is clean for the past six months that the order was effected by the court.
“The reason for my delay was because my father passed away and I was under financial pressure, I sent her a message explaining the situation but she went ahead and lodged a complaint with the police and I was arrested soon after burial, he said.
Cleopatra said she was prompted to lodge a complaint with the police since Langton was insulting her.
“It is true he told me about his father’s death but I had to lodge a complaint against him because of how he was insulting me when I called him.
“However, it is also not true that he has never defaulted paying maintenance because he usually give me maintenance a week after the date,’ she claimed.