Alleged father of the child demands DNA test, says woman was sleeping with two other politicians
Lobatse High Court was last week Friday filled to capacity with people hoping to hear a child maintenance case between Daniel Kwelagobe’s daughter, Opelo Kwelagobe and Gaborone businessman Molebatsi Molebatsi.
The case which was supposed to be adjudicated by Judge Leburu never saw the light of day as Kwelagobe failed to turn up forcing the judge to postpone the matter to next month.
Speaking to The Voice on the sidelines of the court, Molebatsi said that he met the judge and he advised him to meet the applicant (Opelo) and find a way of settling the matter out of court.
“I am still shocked as to why she brought the matter before the high court and failed to show up. I have however been advised to meet her and solve the matter out of court.
If we fail to reach an agreement we would have to be back in court next month for arguments,” Molebatsi said.
Quizzed onwhy he failed to pay child maintenance as claimed by Opelo in court papers, Molebatsi said that he was yet to request the court to grant him permission to conduct a DNA test because he wasn’t convinced he was the father of the child.
“I know two other men who slept with her during the same period I was with her, so all I want is for her to allow me to conduct the DNA test to prove that indeed the child is mine.
I have never refused to support the child and I have told her on several occasions that all I want is a DNA test but she insists that no child of Kwelagobe does DNA tests and now my hope is on the court to grant me permission to do the tests,” he said.
Court papers show that Opelo is demanding that Molebatsi pay P1, 500.00 per month for the child. She also wants him to pay P7 000.00 back dated from February to June and P5 000.00 being the contribution towards her child delivery costs at a private hospital.
“I must state to this honourable court that the entire period I was expecting our said minor child, the respondent never assisted me in any manner whatsoever, whether financial or otherwise.
Sometime in December 2012, when our said minor child was nearly two months old, I approached the respondent with a view to request that he also take part in the upbringing of our child,” she said in the court papers and further sated that following their discussion which was mostly through email they reached an agreement that Molebatsi will pay P1, 500.00 for the child every month something she says he has never bothered to do.
“In furtherance of our agreement, respondent duly tendered the mount of BWP2, 000.00 sometime in January.
However, this was short lived as soon thereafter respondent never bothered to honor his part of responsibility towards our minor child as agreed.”