REGGAE artiste Mike Madamombe, popularly known in music circles as MicInity, will serve a six-month jail term unless he pays $2 100 for the upkeep of his two children, Harare magistrate Milton Serima ordered yesterday.
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MicInity was charged with breaching a maintenance order of $150 for the welfare of his children imposed by the High Court.
He admitted to the charge and pleaded for a lengthy period to raise the money.
“Accused person should be induced to pay for the upkeep of his children. The court ought to pass a sentence that will deter him from repeating such an offence,” Serima said.
MicInity told the court that he was a father of five children and did not have any savings or valuable assets except a house.
The court heard that the reggae singer divorced Christine Tariro Gumunyu, the mother of two of his children.
On June 3 last year, couple went to the High Court where it was ordered by consent that MicInity would pay $150 per month and an additional $150 for school fees per term for each child.
It was also agreed that the school fees would be paid in $50 instalments. Madamombe only made payments of $600 for September and October respectively and another $300 for January despite the court order and ended up entangled in $2 100 arrears.