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REGGAE artist Mike Madamombe told a Harare court Monday that he was failing to raise money for the upkeep of his two children because of piracy and the financial crisis in the music industry.

Madamombe, popularly known as Mic Inity, was seeking an extension of the payment period before the magistrates’ courts.

“I’m not raising much money from my shows because of low turnouts. In addition, I don’t realise meaningful profits from the sale of my music because of piracy, so I am applying for a lengthy period to pay the arrears,” he said.

Magistrate Milton Serima however, ordered him to pay $1,200 or face six month in prison as the court had forgiven him three times.

He must pay up by the 29th of this month.

“The court has been lenient with you for too long this is the third time you have applied for extension of payment,” said Serima.

“The fact that you are a musician does not apply in court we consider the life of your children first.

“However you have shown that you are trustworthy so we give you the last chance. If you fail to clear the arrears by the end of this month you will go to jail.”

Prosecutors said Madamombe was in arrears of $2,100 and was charged with breaching a High Court maintenance order to pay $150 for the welfare of his children.

The artist divorced Christine Tariro Gumunyu – the mother of two of his children.

In March 2014 he pleaded guilty to the defaulting on child support payments and pleaded with the court to give him a lengthy period to pay, saying that he has five children and did not have any savings or valuable assets except a house.

On June 3 of the same year, the two parents went to the High Court where it was ordered by consent that Madamombe would pay $150 per month and $150 school fees per term for each child. The school fees would be paid in $50 instalments.

However, Madamombe only made payments of $600 for September and October respectively and another $300 for January this year.

Source : New Zimbabwe