MicInity blasted over maintenance arrears

HARARE - Reggae star Mike “MicInity” Madamombe has been blasted by a Harare magistrate for continually applying for more time to clear in maintenance arrears for the upkeep of his two children.

MicInity was initially hauled before magistrate Milton Serima in March when magistrate Milton Serima ordered him to clear $2100 arrears or face 6 months in jail. The court, however, later granted more time to pay up. 

But yesterday after the reggae artiste once again sought another extension the magistrate could have none of that. Serima said the reggae artiste has now developed a habit of making applications for extension of time to pay each time his due date approached.

“You are not serious accused person. This is the third time coming before this court seeking an extension,” said the magistrate.

“You should not expect the court to be lenient with you just because you are a musician. You ought to follow this court’s procedures.”

Madamombe pleaded with the court to bear with him because the music industry-which fends for his livelihood- was hard with piracy.

“I have brought $600 today and intend to clear the balance of $600 soon. The music industry is not lucrative because of piracy and our shows are not attracting many people,” he said.

Serima responded: “The fact that you are a musician does not mean you can override this court’s orders. If you don’t bring the remaining $600 by May 29 you are going to serve the alternative prison term.”

Madamombe appeared before Serima charged with breaching a high court maintenance order to pay $150 for the welfare of his children.

He pleaded guilty to the charge and pleaded with court to give him a lengthy period to pay.

Madamombe said he is father to five children, and does not have any savings or valuable assets except a house.

According to State papers Madamombe divorced with Christine Tariro Gumunyu-the mother of two of his children.

On June 3 the two went to the high court where it was ordered by consent that Madamombe would pay $150 per month and $150 school fees per term for each child.

The school fees would be paid in $50 installments.

However Madamombe only made payments of $600 for September and October respectively and another $300 for January.

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