CAN a married working woman claim maintenance from her husband? Although some think this question should come under the discretion of a judge, a senior female cop in Bulawayo attached to traffic section dragged her husband to the maintenance court demanding $387 as monthly spousal support.
Appearing before Bulawayo magistrate Sheunesu Matova, Precious Sinango described her husband Wilbert Murondo as an irresponsible man who was allegedly evading his responsibilities as a husband despite the fact that he earns enough to give her a a�?decenta�? livelihood.
In her suit papers filed under case number M20/15, Sinango asked the court to compel Murondo from Chisumbanje who is a manager at Sino Zimbabwe to provide reasonable support towards her upkeep.
However, it was also not mentioned in court papers whether the two parties have children together.
a�?I am seeking maintenance from the respondent in terms of the Maintenance Act (Chapter 5:09) to cover for my groceries including Cerevita and peanut butter, clothing, among other expenses. The respondent is the responsible person legally liable to take care of me as his legally married wife. I wish to claim a monthly maintenance of $387.
a�?He is a man of means who is legally liable or should be able to pay $387 per month since he is employed as a manager by Sino Zimbabwe and approximately earns $700 per month,a�? 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 her.
By consent Muronda was ordered to contribute $100 per month as spousal maintenance to Sinango until she dies or remarries.