African leader: ‘maintenance fuels divorce’
May 3, 2017 4 comments
Spousal and child maintenance fuels divorce, a Zimbabwean tribal leader has claimed.
Chief Mukota is a traditional court judge in Mashonaland, in the north of the African country. As the name suggests, traditional courts apply tribal laws in less serious, non-criminal disputes. They are presided over by tribal chiefs. In Nigeria they are commonly referred to as ‘customary courts’.
“Since March last year I have dealt with more or less than 60 cases of maintenance and every month we deal with four to six cases.”
The availability of maintenance meant wives could leave their husbands easily or not even bother to marry at all, he continued.
“This has become a greatest home wrecker in our society, because women can now just walk in and out of marriage or get pregnant willy-nilly and claim maintenance after all. Some men are now taking care of children that might not be theirs because of this law.”
Some teenagers also take advantage, he insisted, because they are lazy and not interested in going to school. Instead they frequent nightclubs and end up claiming maintenance from men they encounter there.
“I have made it clear in my district that I will not take pregnancy issues that came from night clubs.”
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May 3, 2017
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