maintenance

Youth League chairman in child support dispute

Gibson Mhaka
A member of the Zanu PF youth league in Matabeleland South Province Qhubani Sibanda is entangled in a bruising child maintenance dispute with a local woman who is accusing him of failing or neglecting to provide reasonable support for his 20-month-old child.

In her suit papers filed under case number M336/16 at the Bulawayo Maintenance Court, the woman, Angela Saidi asked the court to compel Sibanda to provide reasonable support towards the upkeep of his daughter.

The matter is set to be heard on 29 February.

Saidi says she could not afford to look after their child alone as she was not employed and indicated in her summons that the court should order Sibanda to contribute a monthly maintenance of $100 to cover the child’s groceries, medical expenses, clothing, rent among other expenses.

“I am seeking maintenance for the child from the respondent in terms of the Maintenance Act (Chapter 5:09) to cover groceries, medical expenses, clothing, rent among other expenses. The respondent is the responsible person legally liable to maintain the under mentioned dependant (the child) and I wish to claim a monthly maintenance of $100,” reads part of her submissions.

The applicant apparently resolved to take the legal route after the respondent had failed or neglected to provide reasonable support for his child.

Saidi further maintained that Sibanda was legally liable to pay the money since he was employed by Zanu PF as a youth chairman for Matabeleland South Province.

“The respondent (Qhubani Sibanda) is a man of means who is legally liable or should be able to pay $100 per month since he is employed by Zanu PF as youth chairman for Matabeleland South and approximately earning over $350 per month,” she said.