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Pastor offers $15 for child upkeep

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AN Apostolic Faith Mission pastor in Chitungwiza has fallen on hard times and can only afford to pay $15 for the upkeep of his minor child.

VIMBAI MARUFU
Own Correspondent

Brighton Madhori said this at the Chitungwiza Civil Court on Thursday after being sued by his former wife Calista Mutsatsa who was claiming $200 from him. Madhori told magistrate Marehwanazvo Gofa that he was not able to pay school fees for his 14-year-old child as he had no reliable source of income.

“I am struggling to make ends meet. I can pay only $15, but I cannot afford to give her money for school fees,” he said.

“I sometimes buy and sell clothes and only realise about $45-$50 per month, but since 2011, things took a downturn and I’m failing to raise capital to start a small business.”

Mutsatsa refuted the claims and told the magistrate that the pastor had a carpentry venture and could afford the money.

“He is a liar! When we stayed together we rented a full house and our monthly expenses amounted to $500.

“He is a pastor and also does carpentry,” she told the court.

Magistrate Gofa told Madhori to work hard for the upkeep of his child and ordered him to pay $120 per month, with effect from August.

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