Tsvangirai Requests Out Of Court Settlement In Maintenance Case

Everson Samukange representing Karimatsenga and advocate Thabani Mpofu standing in for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader spent almost three hours negotiating at the court chambers on Monday.

“We have been talking to each other as counsels. We believe we owe it to the profession, to the court and to the generality of Zimbabweans that we settle this matter. We have been able to find each other and we believe there is a way to settle this issue that will not involve the court,” read Mpofu’s court submissions which Radio VOP got hold of.

“We have agreed that with the indulgence of this court this matter could be postponed to allow the processes we are carrying out to unfold.”

In his court papers, also seen by Radio VOP, Samkange noted: “I can confirm that there are processes that are going on and we expect to be able to settle the matter without the involvement of the court.

“We do not expect to fail. The respondent has approached us and we think it is possible for us to settle it.”

Karimatsenga filed court papers demanding a US$15,000 monthly maintenance. Tsvangirai denies he is married to Karimatsenga, who however, insists the MDC-T leader completed customary marriage rites by paying lobola to her family last November.

Karimatsenga successfully sought a court interdict blocking Tsvangirai’s bid to enter a monogamous marriage with his new love, Elizabeth Macheka, last month.
 
Magistrate Reuben Mukhavhi is expected to give his ruling on the matter on Thursday.