Chitungwiza Man’s Shocking US$3 Child Maintenance Offer Sparks Outrage
A Chitungwiza man’s surprising offer of US$3 for child maintenance has sparked a social outrage. Loward Mpunzi found himself at odds with his estranged wife, Tatenda Chitsike, who demanded a monthly sum of US$50 to support their five-month-old baby.
US$3: A Meager Offer
Mpunzi justified his low offer by stating that he was currently unemployed and had resorted to carrying people’s goods in town to earn money. He further explained that his decision to leave his vending job was a result of being abandoned by his relatives.
“I now carry people’s goods in town to earn money. My relatives abandoned me, so I left my vending job,” stated Mpunzi.
Uncertainty Over Paternity
Adding another layer of complexity to the case, Mpunzi expressed doubts about being the child’s biological father.
Citing this uncertainty, he questioned the necessity of paying maintenance for a child whose paternity he was unsure of.
Court Ruling: Ordered to Pay US$10
Presiding magistrate Ayanda Dlamini carefully considered the arguments presented by both parties and, taking into account the needs of the child, ruled in favor of Chitsike. The court ordered Mpunzi to pay a monthly amount of US$10 for the maintenance of the baby.
Ensuring the Child’s Well-being
The court’s decision reflects its commitment to prioritize the welfare of the child as per UN requirements. Despite Mpunzi’s financial circumstances and doubts regarding paternity, the magistrate recognized the responsibility of both parents to contribute to the upbringing and care of their child.
The outcome of the legal process will determine how the parties navigate their responsibilities and prioritize the child’s well-being.