Zimbabwe PM Tsvangirai claims wedding was 'sting'
Friday 02 December 2011
Zimbabwe's Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, says he has ended his relationship with a businesswoman days after paying a bride price for her. He claimed their affair was a choreographed political sting.
Locadia Tembo, a 39-year-old commodity broker, is said to have married Mr Tsvangirai, 59, in a traditional ceremony after she became pregnant.
Mr Tsvangirai's wife, Susan, died in a car crash in 2009, soon after he became Prime Minister.
The state Herald newspaper said Mr Tsvangirai paid Z$36,000 (£63.27) and five cattle in traditional "bride price" at a ceremony last month at her family's homestead north of Harare. A church wedding was planned.
But Mr Tsvangirai said he became concerned about the motives of the family. He said: "My genuine intention has been betrayed, and hearts have had to search long and hard for the true meaning of this well-choreographed drama that has now been hijacked to cause political damage to my person and character."
Ms Tembo is the sister of an MP from President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party. Mr Mugabe and Mr Tsvangirai were political adversaries for years until they joined into a troubled power-sharing agreement in 2009.
- 1 The difference between a migrant and refugee, in one sentence
- 2 Miley Cyrus calls out hypocrisy of women’s nipples being taboo
- 3 Celebrity Big Brother 2015: Tila Tequila kicked off show after 'describing Hitler as a good man'
- 4 iPhone 5c to be discontinued, no iPhone 6c to replace it
The difference between a migrant and refugee, in one sentence
Spain accused of 'provocation' after letting Russian submarine refuel off Gibraltar
Allonautilus scrobiculatus: World's 'rarest' creature spotted for only the third time ever
Miley Cyrus calls out hypocrisy of women’s nipples being taboo
Celebrity Big Brother 2015: Tila Tequila kicked off show after 'describing Hitler as a good man'
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn accused of 'deluding' young supporters with 'claptrap'
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
Iain Duncan Smith calls for urgent ESA overhaul as part of drive to cut down welfare costs
£18000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Executive or Senior Sal...
£40000 - £55000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This industry leading company produces h...
£20000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT provider for the educat...