A BULAWAYO man has successfully challenged a civil court order compelling him to pay $650 monthly for the upkeep of his three children.
BY MTHANDAZO NYONI
In his challenge of the court’s verdict given on June 2 by Bulawayo magistrate Tinashe Tashaya, Mfariseni Mleya argued that the amount was “too excessive and unjustifiable”.
The matter was reviewed by magistrate Collen Chiruma on August 10, and revised downwards to $380 per month.
“Maintenance is varied downwards from $650 to $380 per month and this is with effect from August 31, 2017 and every succeeding month, thereafter, till the minor attains majority of the order is varied by court,” read part of the ruling.
“Applicant to pay fees for the three minor children and transport costs for the two minors attending Coghlan Primary.”
The court had initially ordered Mleya to pay $470 for the children’s maintenance and $180 as spousal support for his wife, Junnia.
In his letter for review, dated June 27 addressed to provincial magistrate Matabeleland North, Mleya said: “The case was initially withdrawn, but was corruptly brought back to court with malice with information that, the abused Mfariseni, has relocated to unknown place and yet I left home because of police interference in my family affairs.”
He also claimed that his estranged wife had used her connections to the presiding magistrate, public prosecutors and police officers to “fix him financially”.