DIANA NSOFWA writes
THE Chilenje Local Court has ordered a teacher to pay child maintenance in monthly instalments of K600.
Before Local Court Justice Ackim Phiri was Jeremy Chibuye who was sued by his former lover Prudence Norma.
Norma told the court that Chibuye had not been consistent in providing for the child.
She since the child was born, Chibuye only sent K300 for her upkeep until the girl was one year old.
“He has failed to pay child maintenance and I am struggling to fend for the child on my own, especially that I am also in school,” Norma said.
In defence, Chibuye said he will start providing for the child now that he is working.
Justice Phiri then ordered him to also provide for the child’s basic necessities until she is 18 years old, adding that all payments should be made through the court.
“The child should carry the name of her father and do not deprive him of seeing her. You should also sit down and agree which school you will take her to, don’t make decisions alone. If you want her to go to a private school share the costs with him,” Justice Phiri told Norma.
In another case, a woman of Bauleni compound failed to refund a woman of the same compound K500 the latter paid towards house rent.
Faustina Mubanga told the court that she sent her sister to look for a house to rent and the latter found one owned by Emma Njovu, 47, whom she paid K500 immediately.
“I did not like the location hence I asked her (Njovu) to refund the money so that I can find a different place but she has not given me until today. I did not even live in that house,” Mubanga said.
Njovu admitted owing Mubanga money, adding that she has not paid her back because she had used it immediately.
She promised to pay back once another tenant occupies the house.
Justice Phiri told Njovu to refund the money by February 25, 2019 and that the payment should be made through the court.