17 June 2016
A PAINTER in the city on Thursday offered to pay US$20 as maintenance for his three minor children.
Wellington Tinganati argued that he is unemployed and could not afford to give his children anything more that the US$20 he offered.
â€œI am not employed I just help my uncle around and he gives me US$20 monthly. I am not a painter like she is claiming. I am a no-body who is just suffering like most of the people.
â€œI have a wife but I have no other children. She is my responsibility too. The US$20 I have offered is what I can afford,â€ he said.
Anna Tazirakufa claimed US$150 for the three children arguing that two of their school going children had debts at school.
â€œThere is a debt at the school because I have not been able to pay the fees on my own. The youngest child was supposed to be in school but failed to start school because I had no money.
â€œHe gets US$20 a week for helping out his uncle. So it means that is US$80. I just cannot do this alone. These are our children and he should be able to do something about it.
â€œThings are difficult for everyone so it is not an excuse to say he cannot maintain his children because he is in a bad financial state. He should at least try,â€ she said.
Wellington was ordered to pay US$50 by magistrate Marehwanazvo Gofa.