Tsvangirai fined 2 cows, 2 sheep

2011-12-12 15:25

Harare - A local chieftain has fined Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai two cows and two sheep for flouting a cultural law and marrying during the month of November, a local daily reported.

Local media announced that Tsvangirai, 59, married Harare businesswoman Locadia Tembo, whose sister is a lawmaker for President Robert Mugabe's party, at a traditional ceremony on November 21.

The prime minister reportedly paid $36 000 and 15 cattle to his new in-laws for lobola.

Twelve days later Tsvangirai announced that he was ending the relationship, claiming that he had paid the Tembo family damages after getting the woman pregnant with twins.

Chief Negomo of Chiweshe in Mashonaland Central fined the prime minister two cows, two sheep and 10m of white fabric for having paid the bride price during the holy month of November.

His new "wife" was fined two cows, two sheep and a goat for accepting the offer.

Tsvangirai has made it clear that his doesn't recognise the jurisdiction of the traditional chief.

His first wife Susan died and Tsvangirai was seriously injured after a car crash in 2009.

Tsvangirai's spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora dismissed the judgment as political machinations orchestrated by Mugabe's Zanu-PF party.

Mugabe is seeking elections next year and to rally his divided ranks behind his campaign to defeat Tsvangirai.

No date has been set for elections to choose a government to replace the transitional power-sharing pact created after 2008 polls collapsed in a deadly spiral of violence that left more than 200 of Tsvangirai's supporters dead, according to rights groups.

  • Larry - 2011-12-12 15:35

    And a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

  • Anthony - 2011-12-12 15:44

    in this day and age, woman still sold!!!

      Susanna - 2011-12-12 18:50

      Paying lobola is an honourable tradition and should not be confused with human trafficking. I actually wish the young whites and their families can give this a thought. It will help girls not to marry below their station in life.

      Irene - 2011-12-12 21:35

      Susanna - read the article. It's not about labola but about Tshangirai being fined for getting married in November as marriage in November is not allowed.

  • Irene - 2011-12-12 15:57


  • desertratbkf - 2011-12-12 16:09

    'kit! Ah! The bit about the bush! This is hysterical!

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2011-12-12 16:15

    Wow, now that's a deterrent if ever there was. I'll bet he wont do that again!

  • Steven - 2011-12-12 16:23

    ???????????????? Is this some kind of joke? Why not just fine him 3 rocks and 400gr's of sand...

  • Bryan - 2011-12-12 16:24

    And Old Macdonald had a farm... ee i ee i O... Haibo!!!!

  • HermannH - 2011-12-12 16:33

    What a joke the hungry country has become, but with a clown as the president what else can one expect.

  • Sad Sack - 2011-12-12 16:50

    My f@#k, and these guys run countries.................?????

  • Bennie - 2011-12-12 17:49

    You can take the Boon out of the bush but will never take the bush out of the Boon !!

  • Boer - 2011-12-12 17:52

    $36 000...US or ZIM, big difference

  • barry.dogg.fritz - 2012-01-26 14:00

    hmmmm seems the chief is also trying to jump on the gravy train,i wonder what he is going to use the white fabric for

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