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VP Mohadi fights ex-wife’s maintenance claim

Vice President (VP) Kembo Mohadi, has accused former wife, Tambudzani Bhudagi Muleya of playing games with the court and attempting to embarrass and harass him.

Mohadi, was sued for post-divorce maintenance in the sum of US$13 394 by his former wife Muleya and the matter is set to be heard on Tuesday this week by High Court judge Justice Ester Muremba.

Muleya said the couple purchased various businesses while they were still together which were now being controlled by the VP and she was now surviving from a minimal allowance from her position as a Senator.

Responding to the application, Mohadi said Muleya is a woman of means and is simply trying to play games with the court.

“The applicant (Muleya) is not entitled to maintenance post-divorce as she has no dependants to support. All children born out of the marriage relationship between the applicant and respondent (Mohadi) are adults. Applicant has no rentals to pay as she was awarded two houses when the marriage was dissolved which she is leasing and realises about US$1 000 per month from rentals,” Mohadi said.

“The consent paper signed by the applicant and the respondent shows that the applicant has other several properties of a substantial value and over 400 herd of cattle. She is not poor as she purports to be in the proceedings and is not in need of any maintenance.”

“It boggles the mind why the applicant would want US$1 834 per month for holidays and what she calls church trips. This simply shows that the applicant is playing games with this honourable court. She is simply not serious. The applicant merely filed the present application to embarrass and harass the respondent,” he said adding that no justification has been given by Muleya for items listed on the purported schedule of expenses.

Muleya insisted that she deserves to be awarded the sum of $13 394 as maintenance to enable her to enjoy and maintain a standard of living reasonably comparable to the standard of living she used to enjoy while living with Mohadi.

VP Mohadi then dismissed her argument saying during their marriage, Muleya was fending for herself therefore, she should continue doing so.

“It is common cause that for over 19 years she has been fending for herself without any support from the respondent. During that period she did not deem it fit to approach the courts for assistance. It is clear that she has been able to sustain herself and she can continue. She did not apply for maintenance because she was able to sustain herself and is still able to sustain herself,” Mohadi said.

Just after the nullification of Mohadi and Muleya’s holy matrimony early this year, Muleya approached the court seeking post-divorce maintenance.

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