Zimbabwe Broadcasting Cooperation television producer, Walter Chari, has been dragged to the maintenance court for alleged child neglect.
Walter was hauled to court by Tendai Jangande who claimed $200 as maintenance for one child. She accused Walter of failing to be a responsible father who abandoned his parental responsibility of financially supporting his child.
“I want $200 for one child who is six months old. He is a producer at ZBC. I am not sure if he is married but I know he has one other child. Since the birth of the child he has only given me $100 and it’s evident that the money in question is not sufficient to sustain the child up to now. He has also refused to take a birth certificate for the child,” she said.
Walter on the other hand offered to pay $50 as maintenance for the child. “I have other responsibilities that require financial support. I have rentals and another minor child to take care of. I have been giving the applicant $50 per month since the child’s birth. I earn $412,” he said. Walter was ordered to pay $100 per month as maintenance for the minor child. Magistrate Sharon Rakafa presided over the matter.