A LOCAL COURT in Lusaka has told a father who was not maintaining his child that he was under legal obligation to look after his child.
Senior Court Magistrate Lewis Mumba sitting with Magistrate Abbishine Michelo at Kanyama Local Court said this in a case in which Patricia Shamba, 22, of Kanyama site and service sued Andrew Mudenda, 27, of New Kanyama compound for child maintenance.
Shamba told the court that she has a one year and three months daughter with Mudenda.
She explained that he two separated in May 2016 and that dowry was not paid.
Shamba said that since they separated, Mudenda had not been maintaining the child.
In cross-examination, Shamba said that she was not satisfied with K150 which Mudenda was told to be paying by the Victim Support Unity.
In defence, Mudenda said that after the two separated, Shamba told him that her uncle would be maintaining the child and that she would change her name as she did not want any money from him.
He explained that on August 16, Shamba took him to Victim Support Unity where he was told to be paying her K150 per month as child maintenance fee effective September 16.
Mudenda said that he was more than ready to support his child.
Magistrate Mumba said that it is a legal obligation to maintain the child and he ordered Mudenda to be paying Shamba K250 per month and gave Mudenda access to his child.