Businessman sued for child support

HARARE - An owner of a security company has been dragged before  the Harare Civil Court for failing to look after his children.

Tavengwa Ali has neglected his children even though he owns a security company that earns him more than $3 000 in profits, magistrate Gamuchirai Siwardi heard.

Ali in turn alleges that his wife Tendai is mentally challenged.

Tendai was demanding $450 as maintenance for their three children claiming Tavengwa is failing to provide for them.

The businessman offered $100.

He argued that there was no need to give her $450 since they were staying together and was  paying school fees for the children.

“She is mentally challenged and I have taken her to the hospital several times seeking medication.

Recently I reported her to the police after she destroyed our property in the house,” said Tavengwa before producing his wife’s medical records.

“I have been taking care of her but we are building a house so I cannot pay her more than $100.”

Tendai admitted she was mentally challenged but said she was okay now. “I was mentally ill but I was taken to a traditional healers where I was treated,” she said.

“They said I was being used for ritual businesses with my relatives but I am okay now.”

Magistrate Siwardi postponed the matter to February 2 for continuation.

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