Malawi’s Pride magazine publisher taken to court over child maintenance dispute

Flamboyant publisher of Pride Magazine, John Saini, saw his world crumbling in his face on Friday, December 7th, when a woman who claims to have his child stormed the magazine’s offices in Limbe, demanding financial assistance for the child.

The woman, Chimwemwe Kanyenda, whom Saini once recruited in the Magazine’s marketing department as a sales representative in 2008 at the peak of their love affair, apparently became furious with Saini after he had decided to pull out his assistance to the child upon realizing that the woman had gone into a relationship with another man.

According to on-lookers within the residential area where the magazine operates, pandemonium broke loose when Chimwemwe arrived at the rented premises to meet her  baby father  who was in the company of Grey Mang’anda, a prominent journalism trainer.

The claimed Saini has been renting houses for her in Manase where she stayed for six months before moving to Chigumula.

Saini: Denies child responsibility

Saini shouted at her, telling her to go and complain anywhere claiming he did not father her child

His attempts to duck her by jumping into Mang’anda’s Mercedes Benz packed outside the offices, only ended up worsening the situation as the woman resorted to deface the classic vehicle by scratching it with a sharp object.

Outside the premises where she was thrown by security guards, Chimwemwe is reported to have said many unprinted words and disclosed she was on life-rpolonging ARV therapy.

Apparently, Saini’s wife, Lucy, had been having confrontations with Chimwemwe since the discovery of her affair with her husband and the two have been issuing death threats to each other.

Saini reported the matter to Limbe Police, apparently with the hope that they would arrest her but to a contrary, the police simply took her to the station for questioning and later summoned Saini to give his side of the story, where he denied fathering the child with her.

Limbe Police deputy spokesperson Pedzetsai Zembenenko confirmed the incident.

The matter has since been referred to the Child Juveniles’ Court at Soche in Blantyre where hearing of the case starts on January 10, 2013.

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