Ex-minister Mavhaire struggles to pay child support

Staff Reporter

Dzikamai Mavhaire

FORMER cabinet minister, Dzikamai Mavhaire, is struggling to pay maintenance for his child and has approached the courts to have the sum reduced.

Mavhaire was paying $300 but wants this reduced to $200, arguing he was poorer after being fired from government.

He told the court that the fact the amounts were now being paid in arrears showed that he was struggling to cope.

“I am no longer a Cabinet minister,” the politician said in his application.

“I have also been relieved of my senatorial position and I have not had a guaranteed income since January 2015.”

The case is set to be heard in January next year.

The former energy minister said the mother of the child, one Makosi Mildred Bere, was aware of his financial challenges and agreeable to the reduction of the monthly payments.

“By agreement with her since April 2015, I have been paying her maintenance for the child at the rate of $200 monthly,” he said.

The veteran Masvingo politician was fired from government earlier this year for allegedly backing a rebellion by former vice president Joice Mujuru.

Mujuru has denied plotting a coup against President Robert Mugabe.

She was however fired from her party and government positions along with scores of suspected supporters, several ministers among the lot, after a vilification campaign led by President Mugabe’s wife, Grace.


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