A Harare businessman was yesterday brought to the maintenance court by his mistress who was claiming US$3 000 for an 11-year-son whom she said needed more food because of obesity.
Managing director of Optional Air Zimbabwe Rinda Mukondo yesterday appeared at the Harare civil courts where Fungai Mwale had filed a maintenance application against him.
Mwale told the court that by virtue of her child being obese, she needed US$300 for groceries, US$100 for transport to school, US$200 for incidentals and US$50 for medication, among other expenses.
She indicated that the child needed a new bed because of his obesity.
Mwale indicated that Mukondo owned businesses whose clients were big companies like Econet Wireless.
“He is into air-conditioning and his monthly income is about US$10 000,” she said. “This man is extravagant. He goes on annual holidays with his family in South Africa or Victoria Falls and the fact that he hired a lawyer means he has the money.
“He is building an office block for his companies worth over US$350 000. He has a house in Waterfalls and drives a Mercedes-Benz.”
Mwale told the court that Mukondo is married with three other children he was looking after well.
She insisted that Mukondo should continue providing for the child for him to maintain the lifestyle he is accustomed to as he used to provide US$150 for each weekend.
But Mukondo offered US$200 for the child’s monthly needs and dismissed the US$3 000 claim as ridiculous.
He told the court that he was a mere employee who earned US$2 488. “Mwale is also gainfully employed and earns US$800,” said Mukondo.
“The applicant is not telling the truth. I used to give her US$200 for weekends and groceries. I last went for holidays in 2009 and the US$3 000 she is demanding is unreasonable.”
After Mukondo’s plea, Mwale reduced her demands to US$2 000 per month, saying the child needed extra food and care because of her obese condition.
Magistrate Rekina Dzikiti deferred the matter to today for ruling.