A SECURITY guard in Bulawayo yesterday stunned a magistrate when he offered to pay $30 in monthly maintenance for his 10-year-old daughter.
Mr Maxwell Murandi of Entumbane Suburb appeared before Bulawayo Magistrate Mr Tinashe Tashaya and begged the court to review downwards his maintenance payments from $80 to $30.
“I humbly request this court to review my child maintenance downward because I can no longer afford to pay $80 demanded by my ex-wife. I have since remarried and have another child with my new wife to take care of,” said Mr Murandi.
Ms Manyara Matumbike, his ex-wife, rubbished his request and told Mr Tashaya that her daughter could not survive on $1 per day.
“I won’t accept his $1 per day maintenance offer Your Worship. Debt collectors have been haunting me since the $80 he is already paying is not enough to cater for all our needs and expenses,” said Ms Matumbike.
“I cannot accept that he wants to give us a measly $30 for our child. Just because he has remarried does not mean he should forsake his first child.”
Magistrate Tashaya ordered Mr Murandi to pay $50 per month saying his offer was too little.
“Now that there is another child, contributing $80 to each child would mean that the respondent will only be left with about $88 to himself and that would not motivate him to go to work.”chronicle