PROMINENT Bulawayo businessman, Mr Worthwhile Mugabe, has been dragged to court by his former girlfriend, Ms Volese Kaunda, over the upkeep of their seven-year-old son.

Mugabe who has previously been rumoured of having a large stake in Zvishavane-based soccer team, FC Platinum owns DSK Electrical group of companies, which is a major supplier of Mimosa Mining Company's products and service requirements.

In court summons, copies of which are in possession of our news crew, Ms Kaunda, who is employed by the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ), is claiming $2 000 meant for the upkeep of their son. She further claims to be getting a monthly salary of $300.

The case which was set to be heard at the maintenance court on Monday, however, failed to take off as both parties failed to pitch up.

According to summons, the $2 000 is meant for rent ($300), food and groceries ($300), maid ($120), insurance ($160), medical and dental aid ($80), school fees ($330), uniforms ($80), casual wear ($60), pharmacy ($20), holidays ($500) and incidentals ($50).

Kaunda further alleges that Mugabe earns approximately $6,000 a month and is in a position to pay the $ 2 000 for the upkeep of their son.
"I, Volese Kaunda make oath and say that I reside at Lyncroft Road, Queens Park West, Bulawayo, that I am employed at NRZ … I earn $300 per month … Worthwhile Mugabe is the responsible person legally liable to maintain the under-mentioned dependents. He is a businessman and owns DSK Electrical group of companies that when he works he earns approximately $6 000 per month," reads part of the summons.

In the court papers, Mr Mugabe's address is listed as number 14367 Inteletsha Road, Selbourne Park, Bulawayo.

Mugabe refused to comment, claiming that he was not aware of any court proceedings that he had an obligation to attend.

"I don't know what you are talking about. I haven't been informed of any court proceedings that I was supposed to attend," he said.

When questioned further, with this reporter pointing out that this publication had a copy of the summons, Mugabe went on to hang up his mobile phone without responding. Efforts to contact him later became fruitless as his mobile phone then went unanswered.

However, when we contacted Ms Kaunda, she said they had decided to settle the matter out of court considering Mr Mugabe's "profile".

"We considered the sensitivity of the matter and decided to try settling this matter out of court. I cannot say much to you right now because it might jeopardise the process. Besides, I believe this is not anyone's concern at all but about me and Mugabe," Ms Kaunda said.

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