Lawyers representing Fortunate 'Tafadzwa' Mapako, Alick Macheso's estranged wife in their ongoing maintenance wrangle, yesterday hit back at the musician's claim that DNA paternity tests were rigged and called on the sungura icon's legal team to put their house in order.

Macheso, through his lawyer, Norman Mugiya, said he was disputing the DNA tests results which revealed that he was the father of two minor children he sired with Mapako during their four-year matrimony.

Macheso claimed the results could not be trusted as Mapako (not 'Tafadzwa') was one of the directors at National Blood Transfusion Services Zimbabwe (NBTSZ) and that she (Mapako) had intercepted information which seemed to suggest that she communicated with the office immediately before tests and after the results were out. Yesterday, David Ngwerume, a lawyer representing Mapako, called on Macheso to keep quite so as to preserve his integrity.

"It's shameful for a person to wake up and insist the DNA paternity tests were rigged yet the examination was done in a transparent manner," said Ngwerume.

"Macheso must be educated on what a DNA paternity test is and to preserve his integrity, he must just keep his mouth shut. It is a lie to claim that Mapako collected the tests results first. Our client collected the results a day after Macheso had access to them, contrary to what is being claimed by Mugiya.

"The latest development shows disappointment in their camp."  Ngwerume dismissed claims that Mapako was one of NBTSZ's directors.

"There is a Mapako who works at NBTSZ, but that does not mean she has any connections with our client . . . we have so many Moyos and Ncubes, but it does not mean they are related.We feel pity for Macheso because he is not being properly advised legally," said Ngwerume.

Ngwerume could not, however, reveal what action they would take in view of Macheso's claims.

"We act in a proper manner and we are not going to say out our next actions, but we are very shocked with the latest accusations," he said.  Meanwhile, in a statement last night, NBSZ confirmed that it had received a letter from Macheso's lawyers disputing the results. The organisation also refuted allegations that Fortune Mapako was a director as alleged.

"She is not a director at NBSZ neither is she involved in the services as a blood donor," read part of the statement.


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