ZIMBABWE – A builder dodged the maintenance wave of two children by claiming to have two other wives and five children surviving on a peanut income.
Mary Chisveto appeared in the Harare civil court claiming maintenance from Gilbert Kavhu for the upkeep of their two children.
She said in court:
“I am requesting US$600 maintenance for the welfare of my two children.
“Gilbert is a contract builder who earns US$3000 per month and has two cars, so he should be in a position of up keeping our children.”
In response, Gilbert said:
“I can only offer Mary US$40 maintenance for the two children.
“She is exaggerating my income because I am just a builder who assists other builders and averagely get US$250 earnings per month.
“Besides, I have two other wives and five children, of which the other child got married and separated with her husband.
“Now I am looking after her and my grandchild as well.
“The two cars that she says I have no longer function.
“Unfortunately, she has been expecting too much from me which I cannot afford.”
Magistrate Trevor Nyatsanza, who presided over the matter, ordered Gilbert to pay US$85 maintenance with effect from January 31.