Tsvangirai reaches pact with ex-lover

2012-11-01 10:43

Harare - Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has reached an out-of-court settlement with an ex-lover whom he dumped to marry another woman, a lawyer said on Thursday.

Locardia Karimatsenga Tembo had gone to a civil court demanding $15 000 per month in maintenance payments from Tsvangirai following his marriage to Elizabeth Macheka, but withdrew the case after accepting an undisclosed one-off payment.

"The matter has been resolved amicably," Tembo's lawyer Everson Samukange said.

"The prime minister agreed to pay a lump sum for my client's maintenance but I do not have instructions to divulge the figure. All I can tell you is that both parties are happy with the arrangement.

A previous attempt to reach an out of court settlement failed.

The state-owned Herald newspaper, quoting unnamed sources, said Tembo had demanded a $500 000 lump sum and three oxen while Tsvangirai insisted he could only pay her $200 000.

Tsvangirai's monthly salary is unclear, but the average wage for a cabinet minister in Zimbabwe is about $900.

His first wife of 31 years, Susan, was killed in a car accident in March 2009, just weeks after he went into a unity government with his long-time rival President Robert Mugabe following failed elections in 2008.

  • ben.spreeth - 2012-11-01 10:59

    The love affairs of politicians is really boring news.

      paul.c.wadsworth - 2012-11-01 11:19

      50,000,000 Thumbs up!!!

  • brad.ken.18 - 2012-11-01 11:15

    And this is news? Who the hell cares!

  • mable.jacobs.90 - 2012-11-01 11:19

    Ohhh, Okay now we care about his love life???We have bigger problems, namely Zuma's love life...

  • dalai.rama.9 - 2012-11-01 11:23


  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-11-01 11:54

    He seems to have more interests than politics.Watch out, Mugabe is not going to condone this behaviour.

  • buti.lembe - 2012-11-01 12:40

    It's a good example for politicians to get married before they become famous.

  • dumi.zulu.31 - 2012-11-01 12:42

    This guy might actually be worse than Mugabe. Where is he getting all that money. I see the same happenning here. Makes you wonder!!!

  • Peter - 2012-11-01 15:44

    This Tsvangirai is earning less that RIO OOO($1 200)/month It just does not add up, lavish wedding, splashing money on women, his children liviving lavishly abroad, The only clean guys are DAVID COALART, WELSHMAN NCUBE AND TENDAI BITI

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