Bid To Stop Paying Maintenance Falls Flat As DNA Tests Confirm Child’s Paternity

A man from Bulawayo who doubted that he was the father of his ex-lover’s 7-month old child may have got more than he had bargained for after DNA tests proved that he was indeed the father of the child.

For his troubles, the amount of maintenance that he had been paying was increased from $50 per month to $150 per month.

Kidwell Sigauke had paid $150 maintenance in February for a child he sired with Muchaneta Mpofu. Because of his misgivings, however, he asked Bulawayo Magistrate Tinashe Tashaya for a paternity test. When the tests proved that he was indeed the father, his ex-lover promptly applied for an upward variation in maintenance.

Muchaneta told the court,

Sigauke left me while l was pregnant. I tried contacting him on his phone but he had blocked my number. I later had a boyfriend but l was already pregnant when l met the new man. I don’t want anything but his support for our son.

To his credit, Sigauke said that he would abide by the results of the DNA test.

I had my doubts when she told her workmates that she was pregnant but it was not mine and we had gone for months without being intimate. Now that the paternity results are out and I’m the father I will give her the money she wants to help her take care of our child.

Magistrate Tashaya ordered Sigauke to pay $150 as maintenance into Ms Mpofu’s account with effect from the end of the month until the child turns 18 or is able to take care of himself.

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