GOKWE-NEMBUDZIYA MP Justice Mayor Wadyajena yesterday told Harare magistrate Tafadzwa Muvhami that he was struggling to keep his business afloat after tax authorities garnished his account and was therefore unable to pay the $1 500 maintenance demanded by his ex-lover.
Wadyajena, who was testifying at the civil court, described his former girlfriend Wadzanai Mudare as an extortionist who was out to smear his image as a politician.
Mudare took the MP to court where she demanded $1 500 for the upkeep of their 11–year–old daughter born out of wedlock.
“The problem is that this woman said she wanted to fix me so that my political career would be in tatters. She is trying to extort money from me,” Wadyajena said.
He said given his precarious financial circumstances, he was only able to pay $200 for the maintenance of his daughter, as his monthly net salary and allowances were pegged at a total of $2 400.
“I am the director of Mayor Logistics and I have been supplying fuel, but business has gone down. Furthermore, Zimra garnished our bank accounts. I have not been able to pay my workers for the past three months,” he said.
Wadyajena said he loved his daughter, who shared the same birthday with his mother, and was prepared to enrol her into any boarding school therefore Mudare’s claims of neglect were unfounded.
He also dismissed claims that he owned several vehicles and told the court he only had a BMW and a Jeep Cherokee that is used by his wife.
The matter was postponed to December 30 when magistrate Muvhami is expected to make his ruling.
Mudare last year filed a claim in the civil court seeking that the MP pay $11 600 towards the upkeep of their daughter which was dismissed by the court.
Wadyajena was ordered to pay $1 500 as maintenance, but he appealed against the ruling at the High Court last month and sought a review.
High Court Judges of Appeal, Justices Amy Tsanga and Alphias Chitakunye quashed the lower court’s ruling and directed the lower court to make a fresh determination that took into account Wadyajena’s monthly income.
Mudare had, however, argued that the MP owned six top-of-the-range vehicles with personalised registration plates.
She also told the court Wadyajena owned several haulage trucks and lived in the upmarket suburb of Borrowdale Brook.