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By Gibson Nyikadzino / Published on Tuesday, 05 Dec 2017 19:32 PM / No Comments / 3794 views

5 December 2017


. . . Maintenance cut by half


ORCHESTRA Dendera Kings leader Suluman Chimbetu yesterday got a reprieve after a Harare magistrate upheld his application for reduction of his monthly maintenance contribution for the upkeep of his children sired with ex-wife Marygold Mutemasango.

Chimbetu successfully applied to a downward variation from $800 to $200 per month for each child citing economic hardships and changed circumstances.


The matter was heard before resident magistrate Lazini Ncube at the civil court.

Through his lawyer, Arshiel Mugiya, Chimbetu said the $800 he is paying was exorbitant and unsustainable as his source of income has primarily been entertainment shows which are however drying up.

Sulu, as a musician is fondly known, further indicated that he is an employee of a company called Orchestra Dendera Kings Pvt Ltd and this entity is the one that owns the musical band and it sustains all the 20 people he works with and is currently getting a salary of $750.

He also submitted that people were no longer attending shows in their numbers as they used to in the past and he is now holding less shows owing to economic hardships, hence he was failing to make ends meet.

In his ruling, magistrate Ncube concurred with the respondent’s application.

Magistrate Ncube ruled that the 35-year-old musician is not spared from the prevailing harsh economic environment and that shows he used to have are now rare to find.

The magistrate ruled that Chimbetu pays $200 a month for each of the two children.

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