*FORMER GIRLFRIEND CLAIMS BNF PRESIDENT OWES P21, 000 IN CHILD MAINTENANCE
*DENIES ACCUSATIONS ARE FUELED BY JEALOUSY OVER BOKO’S MARRIAGE PLANS
Soon after the Botswana National Front President(BNF) Duma Boko had announced his intention to marry, his former girlfriend emerged to accuse him of failing to pay child maintenance.
Onalenna Matale who dated Boko at the turn of the century recently emerged from the woodwork and walked into The Voice office to accuse him of owing P21, 000 in child maintenance.
Brandishing court papers to prove her case, Matale stated that since Boko was ordered by the Extension 2 Magistrate Court in January to pay a monthly fee for the upkeep of their two children the man has not made a single payment.
He was ordered to pay P1, 500 for each child totaling P3, 000 for the two children every month, the court papers have indicated.
In addition to the P3, 000 per month towards the children’s maintenance, he was ordered to pay 50% of their school fees at the beginning of each term directly to the schools.
“It is recorded that the minor child attends Rainbow School in Gaborone and the fees are P7 590.00 per term.
Another one currently attends Harming Birds Pre-school and the fees are P 3000.00 per term.
Alternatively, defendant is to deposit 50% of the minor children’s school fees into the plaintiff bank account,” reads the court order.
Asked whether she was not motivated to wage a public child maintenance battle against Boko by the news that he is soon to wed Kaone Mokganedi, a 26- year- old stunner from Moshupa village, Matale retorted.
“I am not in any way jealous. All I want is for him to pay and take care of his children.
Life is not easy and I don’t earn that much to support his children alone,” she said.
She further claims that Boko only paid P200.00 for his younger daughter since she was born and has never bothered to take care of her.
In the court papers she also demanded that Boko pay P157, 345.50 as payment for the years she took care of their first daughter.
“The respondent and I were involved in an intimate relationship from November 2000 until 2003 when the relationship broke down because he wanted me to terminate the first pregnancy and I refused.
We later reconciled in 2010 and it was during that time that the second child was conceived and we parted ways in April 2010,” she said.
In 2011, Boko was dragged before the High Court by another woman also suing him for child maintenance.
Contacted for a comment, Boko dismissed Matale’s claims as false. “There is no truth in that. I take care of my children so there is no story there,” he said.