Photographer offers $20 maintenance

HARARE - A man refusing to fund his children’s education reportedly told his wife they would not die from not attending school.

Misheck Matiko was brought before Harare Civil Court by his wife Catherine Mambo who sought maintenance of $400 for their five children.

Mambo told the court that her husband had sent her and the children to the rural areas and neglected providing for them.

“My husband has deserted me and the children. We are living in the rural areas where the children are also attending school but he does not even contribute to the welfare of the children,” Mambo told the court.

“He says that there should be no rush in getting the children educated because his own parents sent him to school when he was 16 years old and that the children will never die if they don’t attend school.

“My children’s future is shattered and I can no longer sustain them since I acquired injuries on my legs.”

Matiko was offering $20 for his children and said he would cover other expenses because he earns $70 per month.

“I am a self-employed photographer earning an average of $70 and cannot afford the amount she is claiming,” said Matiko.

“Business is low these days because of advancing technologies people are not hiring me anymore. I have not been able to sustain myself in the city hence sent my family to the rural areas to cut costs.

“I have no option but to give them $20. I will run around and provide for other necessities.”

Presiding magistrate Milton Serima ordered Matiko to pay $150 monthly maintenance for five children with effect from September 30.


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