Musician Alick Macheso is the biological father of two minor children who had been at the centre of a paternity wrangle between him and his estranged second wife Fortunate Tafadzwa Mapako.
A paternity report released yesterday confirmed that Macheso sired the children, bringing to an end a maintenance claim impasse between him and Mapako.
“All fifteen (15) markers are compatible with parentage. Paternity of individual (A Macheso) is confirmed with a high degree of certainty,” part of the report read.
The paternity tests for the couple’s children was ordered by the courts last month after Macheso, who had been ordered to pay a monthly $1 030 maintenance fee for Mapako and the two minor children, expressed doubts over the children’s paternity.
Mapako’s lawyer David Ngwerume yesterday said his client had been vindicated.
“The results clearly resemble that of Macheso, meaning all that was being alleged was just malicious. The reality has now surfaced,” Ngwerume said.
But Macheso’s lawyer Norman Mugiya said: “We are happy that paternity has been certified and at least it gives comfort in paying maintenance for the children that you know are yours. In any event, it is a parent’s right to demand paternity tests where doubt exists, which is exactly what we did.”
Macheso will continue paying maintenance for both children and Mapako pending a ruling on his application for cancellation.
Harare magistrate Tafadzwa Muvhami last month said the parties’ unregistered marriage union still existed and Macheso was still customarily married to Mapako, meaning he was liable to maintain her until they divorced or until she passed on.
Macheso immediately divorced her customarily and was now seeking the court’s intervention to cancel the maintenance order.