A WOMAN of Misisi township has challenged the Chawama local court over the K250 child maintenance order granted to her saying it was not sufficient to sustain the welfare of her young children.
Mercy Zulu, 28, said her former lover has abandoned their children and has stopped providing for them.
Zulu complained that her former lover always hurls insults at her each time she asks for financial assistance for their children’s education.
Zulu was narrating before senior court magistrates Juliet Mwila and Kalunga Chansa in a case in which she sued Douglas Chirwa, 34, of John Laing Township for review of child maintenance.
“K250 is too little to meet the basic needs for my children. He needs to take responsibility as a father and ensure that he adequately provides for them. I want him to be giving me an allowance of not less than K500 monthly,” she said.
Zulu complained that each time she asks Chirwa for financial support, he suggests that she engages in prostitution to provide for their children.
“It is not fair that I have to struggle alone to provide for our children when he is still well and alive. He needs to start behaving like a father,” she said.
The court upheld the claim and ordered Chirwa to pay K300 monthly as child maintenance starting January month end.