Man ordered to pay child maintenance

Judge Mallet; Hammer
Judge Mallet; Hammer

A 30-YEAR-OLD woman of Lusaka’s Chipata Township narrated how her former husband became violent after asking him to offer child support to his four children.
Cecilia Phiri told Senior Court Magistrate Lewis Mumba that after the divorce was granted in 2010, Kelvin Chisembe, 35, ignored a court order to pay the fine of compensation towards her as well as offer child support.
“Your honour, he has also refused to equally share the household property we had acquired together while in marriage,”she said.
Chisembe admitted not paying child maintenance due to financial problems claiming he gave Phiri K300 monthly which she denied.
Passing judgment, the court ordered Chisembe to pay K400 as child maintenance effective April month end and to also meet his children needs.



  1. The problem is that some women only want direct financial ‘child support’ wnich when given, the children never see…….they should change to material support like food, clothing and direct payment for school fees. Most cash ‘child support’ money ends up at salons…….