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Court Magistrate says to rule Wednesday in Twine Phiri maintenance case

13/03/2017 00:00:00
by Court Reporter
 
 
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THE judgement in the case in which former Premier Soccer League chairman Twine Phiri is accused of failing to settle over $20 000 maintenance arrears for his three children was postponed to Wednesday after his lawyer indicated that he had some submissions to make.

Magistrate Lazini Ncube said he will make his ruling on Wednesday even if Phiri fails to make the submissions.

Phiri was supposed to know his fate Monday but his lawyer Steven Chikotora failed to turn up and instructed another lawyer to represent him.

The former PSL boss also has a fresh case in another court in which he is accused of failing to settle thousands of dollars which accumulated over some months, for the upkeep of his children.

He was, earlier last year, hauled before the same courts battling a staggering $67 551 for the same children he sired with Keresiya Phiri.

According to the state, on February 27, 2014, at Chitungwiza civil court, Phiri was ordered to pay maintenance fees of $2 913 per month for the children with effect from March 31 that year.

Prosecutors allege that he was also ordered to buy uniforms twice a year for the three children and to cater for medical expenses whenever the need arose.

The court heard that Phiri only managed to pay $3 600 from April 2016 to November for maintenance, medical expenses and school uniforms.

It is alleged that he was supposed to pay $24 280 for the same period.

The court heard that Phiri’s arrears are $20 680 as at November 30.

His defence is that he does not afford to pay the money anymore as he is now financially crippled.

His former wife, however, maintains that Phiri is rich and owns several companies.



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