Tsvangirai 'to go ahead with wedding'

2012-09-14 10:15

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.


  • Tawizee - 2012-09-14 11:04

    Is Tsvangirai related to Zuma?

      isaac.tapfumaneyi.5 - 2012-09-14 12:07

      at least he has one wife unlike zuma who has 5

  • ludlowdj - 2012-09-14 11:15

    The courts are not legally empowered to stop the wedding anyway, they can only award a damages amount for breach of contract in respect of the "engagements" if (and only if) the claimant can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they were actually engaged.

      The.OT.Oracle - 2012-09-14 11:37

      On a balance of probabilities not beyond a reasonable doubt.

  • raps.magans - 2012-09-14 12:13

    Mugabe has set the definition of politics ,he has outwitted his political opponents left,right and centre both regionaly,internationally and in zimbabwe,look at Bush,Blair,Morgan Tsvangirai,Nkomo,Pius Ncube, I an khama just to mention a few,All of them have been reduced to political spectactors. from a political point of view,i admire President Mugabe ,i respect his strategies and manouvres ,Zanu-pf is a well oiled machine full of politically mature strategist,perfectionist and scientist who will stop at nothing. i respect you Mugabe.

      riaan.w.vanwyk - 2012-09-15 11:54

      Move to Zim then, your Mugabe tendencies won't be allowed in SA

  • lorrainesuh - 2012-09-14 13:49

    It's probably Mugabe again trying to humiliate Tsvangirai.

  • tomupeyishe.gwata.7 - 2012-09-14 18:10

    Why is Tsvangirai so much into this wedding thing? If he does not wed will he die? As long as he is in love with his so be it. He is now dragging himself to courts unnecessarily for no reason. He has been MDC leader ever since his wife passed away, so what's the hurry? Defer the wedding and keep your wife. Lawyers are making a killing from this mess. Wake up

  • sibusiso.bling - 2012-09-15 15:40

    this has to do with the current president of cause,he doesnt want MORGAN to be successful,thus leading to his lifestyle.what is going to happen is that MORGAN is going to have two wifes,which is not wrong according to the 'AFRICAN RELIGION'.alternitively speaking, he must do what he can for his own success.

  • tapera.chidzvondo - 2012-09-15 15:44

    The song by the late Masharl.... Some words . PaVaviri vaviri unodei wechitatu or wechina muparadzi

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