ZOU vice chancellor sued for child support

HARARE - Zimbabwe Open University pro-vice chancellor Gabriel Kabanda has been dragged to the Harare Civil Court by his wife Patience Sadombe over child support.

Sadombe told the court she was not getting financial support for their three children.

“He hasn’t been providing for the children and does not buy food or buy groceries for the other two who live at their schools,” Sadombe said.

“I am applying for $8 650 to cater for myself and the children. I earn $1 205 and it has been difficult to cater for the family on my own. Kabanda earns more than $10 000 though he doesn’t meet his children’s needs.”

Kabanda said he could not afford the amount because he earns less than $3 000.

“I am currently employed at ZOU as pro-vice chancellor earning about $2 740. She is claiming $1 000 for groceries and it’s not possible to eat so much food unless they are now for a school or crèche.

“We are currently not staying together because we had misunderstandings, but I never refused to cater for the children. I am responsible for fees, medication and food. Two of our children are now 21 and 18 years old but they still remain my responsibility.”

He told the court his wife should also contribute to the welfare of the children because she has businesses that earn her a lot of money.

“My wife is a director and earns about $2 500 and also runs Tiens Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare and Gweru where she realises $5 000 every month.

“It is clear she is far ahead of me financially and can afford to contribute to the welfare of our children.”

Presiding magistrate Milton Serima will rule on the matter today.

 

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