I was thinking people like IGPs should be different, at least ... repect! ------------------------- House girl sues Mahita over child upkeep FAUSTINE KAPAMA Daily News; Wednesday,September 27, 2006 @00:07 A house girl, Ms Rehema Shaban, has filed a suit in which she wants to collect maintenance allowances from the former Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Omar Mahita, whom she claims is the father of her eight-year-old child. In the civil case, which comes up for mention before Principal Resident Magistrate Pellagia Khaday at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court in Dar es Salaam this morning, Rehema would ask the court to declare the then IGP the putative father of the boy (name withheld). She further wants the court to order Mr Mahita to provide 100,000/- monthly as maintenance allowances until the boy attains adult age and completes his studies. According to the house girl, Mr Mahita (respondent) should also be ordered to pay maintenance fees that the former IGP had allegedly not paid to the former at the rate of the said 100,000/- since 1997 up to the day of determination of the case. In her affidavit to support the application, Rehema has alleged that she had extra marital affairs with the respondent from May 1996 up to October the same year, when she was working with him as a house girl in Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region, when the respondent was the regional police commander (RPC). In the course of their relationship, she claims, she conceived in 1996 and duly informed her employer about it. However, according to her, the latter advised her to go back home at Kondoa for fear of his wife knowing. She says that on that day, Mahita gave her 40,000/-, promising that he would be providing the required allowance every month. Rehema claims that at no material time had Mr Mahita denied being responsible for putting her in the family way. The house girl claims in her affidavit that she gave birth in 1997, adding that he had accepted the child and promised that he would continue providing the allowances. However, the house girl claims, the respondent prohibited her from going to either his office or home to collect the allowances. She alleges that at first it was plain sailing as she did not get any problems in taking care of the child before 2003 as Mr Mahita had been giving her some money whenever she visited him. She further claims that the situation turned sour at the end of 2003 when she went to visit the house of the respondent at Ukonga in Dar es Salaam. According to her, members of the Field Force Unit (FFU) of the police force, who were guarding the house, denied her access ''probably on instructions from their boss''. The house girl charges that she tried to talk to the respondent on the matter several times to no avail. She alledges that within the same year, the latter decided to send an FFU member, Peter, and a house boy, Hussein, who took the baby boy to an undisclosed place without her consent. After deciding to make follow up on the whereabouts of his son, she claimed, she ended up at the Central Police Station in the city after being accused of committing a crime. She further alleges that she was later taken to the house of Sheikh Yahya who was taking care of the baby. ''Since then, I never got access to the child until April this year when Sheikh Yahya brought the baby to me,'' she claims in the affidavit. Rehema concludes that she decided to go to court after all efforts to reach a solution, including seeking the help of the social welfare department failed her.