Macheso is the father

HARARE - Sungura ace Alick Macheso’ estranged wife Tafadzwa Fortunate Mapako could not hide her joy yesterday as the long-awaited paternity tests proved that the musician is the father of her two children.

The award-winning sungura musician had cast doubt on the paternity of the two children.

The two approached the National Blood Transfusion Services of Zimbabwe (NBTSZ) for DNA tests, whose results vindicated Mapako. Macheso had accused her of infidelity.

The results, which were conducted at Unistel Medical Laboratories in South Africa through NBTSZ, proved that chances or likelihood of  Alick Maximillian and Allexynn Maneesha to be Macheso’s children were 99.999 percent, hence “parentage is confirmed with a high degree of certainty.”

Addressing journalists in Harare, Mapako’s lawyer Gift Nyandoro said they were happy because the truth was out.

“Indeed, both children whom Alick has doubted have been proved that the parentage highly belongs to him," Nyandoro said.

“I hereby congratulate my client for the victory despite the humiliation that she faced from the public.  One should appreciate that there is no more doubt that the children belong to Macheso.

“Tafadzwa was insulted from all angles and today is the day to restore her dignity. Now we are waiting for instructions from our superiors to proceed legally.”

Mapako could not hold back her joy.

“I am happy that the truth is now out," she said. "And I do not have sour grapes with Macheso as I forgave him from the first day this happened.

“I didn't know anything about our dispute until I read it in the newspapers. I was shocked that he said I did not get pregnant and I am still figuring out if it was really Macheso who was speaking,” she said, ruling out chances of them getting back together.

“I do not think there will be any prospects of us getting back together. It’s over.”

Efforts to get a comment from Macheso or his lawyer Norman Mugiya were fruitless.

In the dispute, the maintenance court directed that Macheso pays $750 in child support after she had earlier demanded $7 130 every month for herself and the upkeep of the two children.

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