"Church Congregants Not Paying Tithe": Pastor Refuses To Maintenance Child

Published: 2016 May 15 10:56:46 (2163 Views)
A Gwanda pastor refused to offer a single cent towards maintenance to look after his daughter who is epileptic, claiming that he was no longer getting anything from ministering the word of God since some members of his church who used to pay tithes had abandoned his ministry.

Agon Zhou (33) of Phakama who is the founder of Last Trumpet Ministries was last week dragged to court by his ex-wife, Patricia Khumalo of Jahunda suburb who is claiming $250 per month for the upkeep of their 10-year-old daughter with a disability.

Zhou said that he could not offer anything for his daughter since he was not earning anything from his church after members left and also that he is yet to look for a job in which he is not assured that he will get it.

“I know that I should take care of our child but I don’t have any assurance that I can be able to pay maintenance every month for I am not employed. I tried to offer groceries that I was getting from church but Patricia refused so I don’t know what I can do now. Our daughter was staying with my mother before she passed away, Patricia didn’t do anything for her. She should look after the child since it’s also hers,” said Zhou in court.

The Judge ruled in favor of Zhou and dismissed the maintenance application.

Khumalo who earns a living from selling airtime revealed that Zhou had lied to the court claiming that he had a shop in town.

She felt that the case wasn't treated properly and reported the matter to Legal Aid for Justice.



- Sunday News
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