Zimbabwe

Tsvangirai 'to go ahead with wedding'

2012-09-14 10:15
Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai (L) and his fiancée Elizabeth Macheka. (AFP, File)

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai (L) and his fiancée Elizabeth Macheka. (AFP, File)

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Cape Town - Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has vowed to go ahead with his planned wedding this weekend despite attempts by two women, one of them South African, to stop him from tying the knot.

Nosipho Regina Shilubane, a South African woman, lodged a legal challenge to try to block the premier's wedding, a day after the High Court threw out an application by another former lover, Locardia Karimatsenga, to halt the ceremony.

In papers filed at a magistrate's court, Shilubane said she was engaged to Tsvangirai after being introduced to him by her church pastor at a hotel in South Africa in September 2009.

But in a statement, Tsvangirai's spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka dismissed the claims as a smear campaign against the prime minister.

"Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has faced two interdicts to stop his wedding in what is clearly a well-choreographed move replete with malice and vindictiveness.

"It is evident these are not normal claims, but nevertheless, the prime minister's lawyers have opposed them, including another one curiously lodged soon after Ms Lorcadia Karimatsenga had had her application dismissed by the High Court," read the statement.

The statement said some of the claims were "part of a grand political scheme to besmirch, to malign and to soil the image of the prime minister for political gain".

Tsvangirai's private life has come under scrutiny since the death of his wife Susan in a car crash in 2009, with local media revelling in stories of his relationships with numerous women.

He is set to tie the knot with businesswoman Elizabeth Macheka at the scenic and exclusive RainTree Gardens in Umwinsdale, Harare.



 

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