SUNGURA musician Alick Macheso yesterday had his $750 monthly maintenance for the two minor children he sired with former wife Tafadzwa Mapako slashed to $450.
Harare magistrate Tafadzwa Muvhami ruled that Macheso’s application for variation had merit because the piracy affecting the music industry had diminished his income.
She also noted that the sungura king’s latest album, Kwatakabva Mitunhu, was not performing strongly on the market.
“Although Alick did not submit documentary evidence on how the economy has affected his income, the court is inclined to his own version. The court takes judicial notice that the music industry has been affected by piracy,” she said.
Muvhami noted that both parties were responsible for the upkeep and welfare of their minor children.
Macheso had indicated in his application for downward variation of the maintenance paid to his former wife that his fortunes had waned due to the current economic decline.
Mapako’s lawyer Martin Chijara had submitted that the application before the court was based on speculation and did not justify the downward variation.
Chijara said the applicant should have attached his bank statement to the affidavits produced in court in order to support his claims that his financial circumstances had changed.
Macheso’s lawyer Norman Mugiya, however, told the court that the music business was different from other professions in that it was like an informal business, therefore, no such records were available.
Mugiya told journalists soon after the ruling that he was happy with the order and his client was going to comply.