GOKWE — A pastor with the Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe, Mapfungautsi branch, was lucky to escape a custodial sentence after defaulting in paying maintenance to his wife.
REPORT BY SILAS NKALA
Levy Zvarimwa (62) pleaded guilty to maintenance default charges when he appeared before Gokwe resident magistrate Sheppard Mjanja last Tuesday.
Magistrate Mjanja convicted and sentenced him to three months in jail wholly suspended for three years on condition of good behaviour.
Prosecutor Mandla Ndlovu told the court that on April 1 the pastor, who resides at number 4055 Mapfungautsi in Gokwe, was brought to court by his wife Patricia Zvarimwa over a maintenance dispute. The two stay together.
The magistrate ordered him to pay his wife maintenance of $100 per month. But Zvarimwa defaulted and had an arrear of $100.
The wife reported the matter to the courts and Zvarimwa was summoned to court.
On being asked why he defaulted in paying maintenance, Zvarimwa said he had been out of the country in South Africa.