Former MP jailed over maintenance arrears

FORMER MDC-T Glen View South MP Paul Madzore was yesterday sentenced to a wholly suspended three-month jail term for failing to pay maintenance for his two children with his former wife.

BY PAIDAMOYO MUZULU

Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe convicted Madzore, who has since left the MDC-T for the People’s Democratic Party, on his own plea of guilty to accumulating arrears of $1 040 since December last year.

Mahwe, in passing sentence, said: “By pleading guilty, you have shown contrition and saved the court’s time, but you have to be induced to support your children. You are sentenced to a wholly suspended three months in prison if you pay the arrears by April 30.”

Madzore had in mitigation told the court about his financial position, which had deteriorated since he was recalled from Parliament last year.

“I am no longer employed and this has caused me defaulting. However, I plead with the court that if given time, I can run around and pay the arrears,” he pleaded with the court.

It was the State’s case that on October 30, 2013, Madzore was ordered by the Harare Civil Court to pay $300 monthly as maintenance for the upkeep of his two minor children.

The State said Madzore partially complied with the order and in November 2015 paid only $140 and from December 2015 to March 2016, he had defaulted, thereby accumulating arrears to the tune of $1 040.

The matter was brought to the court at the behest of Philda Kanengoni, Madzore’s ex-wife, who has custody of the children.

Francisca Mukumbiri prosecuted.

9 Responses to Former MP jailed over maintenance arrears

  1. Medion kasvatutsa March 30, 2016 at 12:46 pm #

    The law in Zimbabwe is very strict on men only but if women committee similar offences nothing is done to them. For instance if a woman falsely accuse you to be the father of her child and you go for DNA and it is proved that you are not the father if you have been paying maintenance it is very hard to get your money back.

    What kind of law is this ?

    • Jamal March 30, 2016 at 8:48 pm #

      Its stupid anoiwona kupi mari?, he is not employed….And you are right when women life the law allows them to get away with it..that must change.

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  3. bandwe March 30, 2016 at 5:58 pm #

    Ukaburuka chitima cherusununguko unoyuwira, ungatembe nebasa rekuvherwa?
    shandisa maoko ako veza maturi nemitswi uchengete vana

  4. Mai3PAC March 30, 2016 at 8:42 pm #

    Nhai Mai2PAC, madarirei kunyadzisa murume? Dzokereranai mugare mese.
    Dont hold grudges mai2PAC.

    Vamwe venyu vakadzidza pa Eaglesvale hona vane varume vavo. Imi forgive each other mugare mese.

  5. Makrot McHellen Maketo March 30, 2016 at 9:35 pm #

    zvakanaka zvaitwa nemutemo coz varume tava kungozviitisa,dai ari wangu mwanasikana achiitwa saizvozvo zvaingotongorwadza so tinotenda nemutemo wakaitwa nenyika

  6. Chomuruvati March 31, 2016 at 7:57 am #

    Murume uyu akarasika chose. Kunyengerwa naBiti Lawyerkuti ramba basa. Vakawanda vakanyengerwa vokwangwaya. Magistrate torai property inoenderana nemari iyi. Problem yedu maZimbabweans ndeyokuti tikawana mari toda joy torasa mhuri nevana. Dzimwe nguva tikatarisisa mukadzi wokurambwa iyeye ndiye aitambura naMadzore achitiza vanhu vezanu kurobga asi nasi wava MP wotsvaka zvitsva.

  7. koka March 31, 2016 at 8:09 am #

    this country is a circus to say the least. how can one be found guilty of not paying maintenance when they are unemployed? when mdc comes into power this law must be changed. it is probably unconstitutional.

  8. fireman March 31, 2016 at 9:30 am #

    Vakadzi vagara ndovanopiwa the highest favor but they need 50-50% but pamutemo vanongonzi vari right ngaadzorere vanaka kumuridzi aramba kugara nevana vake here kuzotodawo mari yakawanda iye ngaavachengeteka hanti she refused with the kids just because she want to fix the father thus bad.

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