From Ferraris to Forgotten Responsibilities: ZIFA Acting President Gift Banda Faces Heat Over Unpaid Child Maintenance for the Second Time
Gift Banda, the acting Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) president, has been dragged to maintenance court for allegedly defaulting on paying maintenance for the child he sired with Kholiwe Sitshoni.
Court Order Default
According to Sitshoni’s application, Banda was ordered to pay USD 200 per month but failed, running into arrears amounting to USD 8,400 from January 2020 to June 2021.
Upward Variation Request
Sitshoni also applied for an upward variation from USD 200 to USD 300, citing rising costs of living, repoted bmetro.
Banda appeared before a Bulawayo magistrate and argued that he could only afford USD 150, citing financial difficulty.
The magistrate asked the pair to deliberate outside the courtroom and consent on the amount. They agreed on USD 150, which will cater to school-related expenses, while Sitshoni takes care of other expenses.
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Banda will pay USD 150 per month starting from July 31st, and the money will be paid on the last day of every month via the applicant’s bank account.
This is not the first time that Banda has defaulted on child maintenance payments. In January 2014, he consented to pay USD 150 per month as maintenance for the child he sired with Sitshoni. However, in September 2014, he was reportedly in arrears amounting to USD 2,400, dating back to 2013.
This incident highlights the importance of adhering to court orders, especially those related to child maintenance. It is essential to ensure that children are adequately provided for, and parents should take responsibility for their upbringing. This case is a reminder to all parents to prioritize the needs of their children and meet their financial obligations.