A CHIKANGA woman recently dragged a Mutare businessman to court demanding $12 000 for the upkeep of her 10-month-old baby.
She also argued that she feels used after her divorce from businessman, Trevor Sunduza.
In her application, Tafadzwa Mutasa told Mutare magistrate, Mr Lazarus Murendo, that she wants Sunduza to pay $2 000 for utility bills, $3 000 for clothing and shoes, $3 000 for rentals and $4 000 for medication, among other things.
But Sunduza, through his lawyer, Mr Johannes Zviuya of Bere Brothers Legal Practitioners, described Mutasa’s application as ‘greedy’, arguing that she wants to survive on proceeds from the maintenance of their minor child.
The court heard that Sunduza married Mutasa in 2019 and the couple was blessed with one child before they separated.
“That is a greedy claim which should not be given any weight. She is an angry woman. The most shocking thing is that she is claiming rent for the minor child to the sum of $3000 per month. How does a minor child living with its mother incur rentals?
“She is able bodied and can also contribute towards the upkeep of the child. She should also contribute something so that the baby can be well taken care of while we wait for the DNA results.
“She has claimed $2 000 for water and electricity per month. How does a minor child of a year or less, having been born on May 1, 2020, consume electricity and water totalling that amount when an average household of seven people does not even pay that much?
“Her application must be dismissed with the contempt it deserves. It is motivated by greed and a desire to fix the respondent since they separated. The respondent has since re-married.
“On the same list, she has claimed $3000 for clothing and shoes. Who in this economy can afford to buy such every month? If this were to be accepted that means one would have spent $36 000 on clothes in a year. It is a clear case of vindictiveness,” argued Mr Zviuya.
Sunduza offered $3000 as interim maintenance while awaiting DNA results.
On the other hand, Mutasa argued that she was used and dumped by Sunduza, adding that she was left with nothing to her name.
She said before marrying Sunduza, she was a student but was forced to drop out of school by the defendant.
“My future was disturbed. I had two operations done on me while I was giving birth to his child. Sunduza was so cruel and left me without anything despite the suffering I endured during the operations.
“I feel that I was used and hope the defendant will pay me for the pain and suffering I went through because of the divorce,” said Mutasa while sobbing.
Mr Murendo ordered Sunduza to pay $3 000 as interim maintenance while waiting for the DNA results.
— Manica Post