Business exec seeks maintenance exception

HARARE - Suspended Mashonaland Holdings chief executive Manfred Mahari, who is being accused of defaulting on maintenance payments of $31 000 for his three children, has applied for exception to the charges arguing they are vague.

Mahari appeared before Harare magistrate Josephine Sande last week, with the case postponed to August 16 to allow prosecutor Devoted Nyagano to respond to his application.

He is being charged with contravening the Maintenance Act by failure to pay maintenance.

Mahari is denying the offence, arguing that the State’s charges were defective since they referred to Harare Civil Court order yet there is a standing High Court order in respect of the maintenance case.

He said pleading to the charges in any way would be an embarrassment, if that anomaly exists.

According to State papers, on April 12, 2012, Mahari was ordered by the Harare Civil Court to pay maintenance for his three children.

He agreed with his estranged wife Moyra in their divorce decree that he would pay all school fees.

The court heard that they also agreed that Mahari would provide uniforms, footwear, sportswear, text books and pay for the children’s extra lessons.

According to the court settlement, the business executive was to meet the children’s daily needs and foot 100 percent of their medical aid bills.

However, it is alleged that Mahari failed to comply and is now in arrears of $31 577.

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