Priscilla Kamurira, Court Reporter
A TRAINEE police officer has been hauled to court by his former wife for failing to maintain their 10-month-old child.
The matter was heard at Harare Civil court where Pamela Joni claimed $300 maintenance from her former husband David Tembo for the upkeep of their minor.
“Your Worship, I want Tembo to look after his child. The baby is very young and has too many demands.
“I am not employed therefore, he should provide $300 maintenance for his child,” said Joni.
In response, Tembo said he could not offer that kind of money since he had other responsibilities.
“Your Worship, the money that Joni is claiming is too much.
“I can only afford $40 because I am not a real police officer as she is claiming and I am not getting any allowance either.
“I survive on money from part-time jobs which I do.
“I have another family with two children which I take care of by paying $400 fees for the two kids, buying groceries amounting to $100 and paying rent for $100 where we are staying,
“I also take care of my parents,” said Tembo.
Presiding magistrate Nyasha Marufu told Tembo that looking after his parents was a moral obligation but his child comes first.
Joni was told to go and inquire with the ZRP Harare Central for further assistance in knowing whether Tembo was a student or a police officer and to get more information on whether he was getting any allowance or not and come back on October 16.
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