Monday, August 05, 2013

(NEWZIMBABWE) Ex-MDC-T MP wants maintenance reduced
17/07/2013 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter

EX-Chitungwiza South MP Misheck Shoko (MDC-T) has approached the courts to have his maintenance payments reduced arguing he was a little lighter in the pocket following the dissolution of Parliament on June 29.

The ex-legislator was ordered to pay US$300 towards the upkeep of his children and US$100 for school fees in October last year after separating from his wife, Martha Mabugu.

But on Wednesday he returned to the court seeking a variation of the order to US$180 saying his circumstances had changed following the dissolution of Parliament.

“It is common knowledge that when Parliament dissolved my position was also affected and my salary ceased forthwith,” he said in the application.

"Since the dissolution, my situation has changed drastically leaving me with no means to continue paying maintenance.”

Shoko also argued that his estranged wife was occupying one of his two houses and should realise income from the property.

Mabugu however said Shoko owned four houses instead of the two he claimed.
“There are not two houses, but four,” she said.

“The US$60 he is offering for each child is insufficient. It is a responsibility for both parents to look after their children.”

But Shoko insisted that he only owned two properties.

“I do not have four houses,” he said. “If she says I have them she should go and get them.

“I have only two houses the one she is staying in and the other one where I stay.”

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