Suluman wants child support payments slashed

HARARE - Dendera musician Suluman Chimbetu wants his $800 a month child support payments to ex-wife Marygold Mutemasango slashed.

The 35-year-old dendera musician has two children with Mutemasango and claims he can no longer afford the astronomical payments given the worsening economic hardships.

Sulu — who wed his long time girlfriend Linda Samuriwo, with whom he also has a child  — claims he makes approximately $750 monthly and has filed court documents asking to reduce the payments.

The Sean Timba hit-maker also said he has became the sole breadwinner at his home after his wife lost her job in August. She used to earn $700 and Sulu said she used to assist with other expenses. He is offering $200 per month.

The application for variation — which will be heard before Harare Civil Court on October 30 — comes three months after Chimbetu was fined $100 for failure to pay maintenance after delaying sending the money to his ex-wife.

Through his lawyer Arshiel Mugiya, Chimbetu said the $800 was unsustainable considering that the company he works for, Orchestra Dendera Kings (Pvt) Ltd,  was only paying him $750.

“…that company is the one that owns the musical band known as Orchestra Dendera Kings together with all the musical instruments and motor vehicles that the band uses. The reason I have pointed out my actual earnings is because Mutemasango seems to have an understanding that I am swimming in a pool of gold,” Chimbetu said.

Chimbetu said the number of people who attended his music concerts had dropped from 700 to between 150 to 250 individuals.

He bemoaned the piracy scourge saying it was a contributor to the declining income.

“There also seems to be a misconception that I earn extra money from my roles as ambassador at Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services and Simon Chimbetu schools in Chegutu. I do not realise money from those projects but most of them have been a way of giving back to the community as a musician.

“While it is true that I appear on Delta Beverages and Alpha Omega Dairy adverts, I do not reap rewards every month because the contracts we entered were verbal and once-off payments.”

He submitted that the $200 he had offered was sufficient for Mutemasango and the children since she was allegedly heard bragging that she does not need to look for employment because the $800 received as maintenance was enough to cater for her needs and expenses.

Comments (1)

ndizvozvo ndiwe wakaramba munhu zvino mutemo we5.11 unoti ukaramba munhu bhadhara

g40 - 27 October 2017

Post a comment

Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
- Editor

Your email address will not be shared.