ZIMBABWE – A soldier yesterday said he could not pay US$200 which was being claimed by his wife citing that he had other responsibilities which needed his attention.
Tawanda Mutambanengwe told his wife Juliet Masocha that he could only offer her US$20 for the upkeep of their two year old child.
“I have moved on and have new responsibilities now; I cannot give her US$200 because it is too much for a two-year-old child.
“This woman is in a habit of spending money for her own needs and not my child’s needs; I don’t trust her with money at all.
“I now have a new wife who is expecting a baby so we are spending money preparing for the child’s arrival; she should accept the US$20 I am offering because that is what I have.
“She is the one who moved out meaning that she was fed up with me and my money so she should move on,” he said.
Juliet refused the US$20 offer saying it was too little.
“He should top up because the money he is offering is too little.
“He should consider the living child as much as he is considering the one who is coming soon, they are both his children,” she said.
Magistrate Trevor Nyatsanza, who presided over the matter, ordered Tawanda to pay USs$80 beginning January 30.