VP Mohadi, Ex-Wife Square Off In Court Over Maintenance Dispute
Vice President Kembo Mohadi will on Wednesday next week appear before High Court Judge, Esther Muremba to explain why he is turning down a post-divorce claim of maintenance by his ex-wife, Tambudzani Bhudhagi Muleya.
Judge Muremba ruled that the best way to handle the powerful Beitbridge couple’s messy divorce case is to give them a chance to cross examine each other as their fight rages.
Tambudzani is claiming US$13 394 from Mohadi saying she wants to maintain a fancy lifestyle she was introduced to by her ex-husband.
“The position that he (Mohadi) is enjoying a luxurious life is being contested. He is denying the claim and in his heads of arguments he says he has no minor children or rentals to pay.
“Both parties have to come to court and explain themselves, cross examining each other on why the applicant (Tambudzani) is asking for maintenance…perhaps the applicant will have to explain what she needs the money for.
“What we are saying is that we are postponing the matter to another day. So what remains is for both parties to appear in court when they are available.”
In her claim, Tambudzani said she is past her youthful age and as such, is unable to secure employment that will help her with a salary sufficient to maintain a lifestyle she is accustomed to.
In response, Mohadi scoffed at the claim saying Tambudzani is only attempting to embarrass and harass him.
The duo’s marriage collapsed last year and just after the nullification of the pair’s holy matrimony, Tambudzani petitioned the court seeking post-divorce maintenance.
It is her argument that the couple purchased various businesses which were now being controlled by Mohadi.
Tambudzani claimed that she is now surviving from a minimal allowance from her position as a Senator.
Mohadi said Tambudzani should get a life instead of playing games with the court.
In her application Tambudzani insisted that it was just and equitable for her to be awarded the sum of $13 394 as maintenance, an amount which would 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.
The VP said he could not support Tambudzani on the basis of the marriage vows that he made.