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by Gibson Mhaka 19/07/19

A Bulawayo-based doctor Simba Magomo Shawatu is being sued for maintenance by his alleged mistress Christabel Blessing Chadzamira who is claiming $1 000 per month for the upkeep of his child. In her application filed under case Number M647 /19 at the Bulawayo Maintenance Court, Chadzamira claimed Shawatu who has legal obligation to maintain his minor child had failed to do so. The matter which was supposed to be heard in court on 5 July was, however, struck off the roll by Bulawayo magistrate Nomasiko Ndlovu after both parties, who apparently resolved to have an-out-of-court settlement, failed to show up. Chadzamira said she could not afford to look after their child alone and indicated in her summons that the court should order the father of her child to contribute the amount in question to cater for the child’s groceries, medical expenses, clothing among other expenses amounting to $$5 135 per month. She indicated that Shawatu was earning enough money to contribute $1 000 per month for the minor child.