A man from Harare has been taken to court charged with giving false evidence in his application for downward variation of maintenance which he filed at the Bulawayo High Court.
Lincolin Tafadzwa Ushamba (50) of Mt Pleasant appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Nkosinomusa Ncube charged with perjury as defined in Section 183 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:26.
He pleaded not guilty and was remanded out of custody to November 9 for trial.
Allegations are that on 8 March 2021 Ushamba allegedly lied in his application for downward variation of maintenance under case Number M09/20 when he stated that he had never defaulted in paying maintenance for his child he sired with his ex-lover Zuva Damson (46).
The court heard that as per court procedure Damson was also served through her lawyers with the court papers in which Ushamba is alleged to have lied when he filed them at the Bulawayo High Court.
It is alleged that in those court papers, Ushamba claimed that he never defaulted paying maintenance and that he was a responsible father who had abided by court orders.
He also stated that he paid school fees and bought school uniforms for his minor child when he was in Grade 7 at Whitehouse Primary School adding that he also paid $25 000 every term excluding the minor’s upkeep.
Ushamba allegedly further lied that on 29 December 2020 he received a text message from his ex-lover stating that the child was going to Peterhouse School and that his 50 percent share was US$3 750.
In his application he further allegedly fabricated that he had to buy school uniforms on top of the US$3 750 and that his ex-lover supplied him with the school bank details for that deposit. As if that was not enough, Ushamba also reportedly lied that he attached a screenshot of the text messages from Damson as evidence.
Ushamba’s alleged lies were exposed by Damson who upon receiving the court papers discovered that her ex-lover had lied in his application.
Damson went and reported the matter to the police leading to Ushamba’s arrest and subsequent appearance in court.