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Zimbabwe PM Tsvangirai Marries Despite Court Ban

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has got married, despite a court ruling blocking the move.

Morgan Tsvangirai and Elizabeth Macheka got married before hundreds of guests in Harare

Mr Tsvangirai, 60, and Elizabeth Macheka, 35, exchanged rings in Harare under an alternative “customary marriage” law that allows polygamy.

He could not be married under the country’s monogamous law because the court ruled that he already had a wife.

Some analysts say the court case could be an attempt to besmirch his name ahead of next year’s presidential poll.

Mr Tsvangirai is expected to challenge President Robert Mugabe, 88, who is in a fractious coalition with the prime minister.

But others say he has only himself to blame for the marriage controversy as he has been involved with a number of women since his wife died in a car crash soon after he became prime minister in 2009.
Relationship ‘damaged’

Mr Tsvangirai was married before hundreds of guests at a smart wedding venue in Harare on Saturday.

But the prime minister, wearing a dark suit, and Elizabeth Macheka, in a white gown, did not sign a register recording the marriage as monogamous, as they had planned.

Elizabeth Macheka is the daughter of a local politician from Mr Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party.

The wedding comes a day after a magistrate said that Mr Tsvangirai’s former lover Locardia Tembo had proved she was his wife under the “customary marriage” law. A high court judge had earlier thrown out her application.

“The marriage licence that had been issued to the premier has been cancelled,” Ms Tembo’s lawyer, Everson Samkange, said after Friday’s ruling.

“If he goes ahead with the wedding, he will be committing bigamy,” he said, according to the AFP news agency.

Ms Tembo, 39, a commodity trader and sister of a Zanu-PF MP, had demanded $15,000 (£9,310) a month in maintenance expenses from the prime minister.

In November, Ms Tembo and Mr Tsvangirai reportedly held a traditional wedding, and Mr Tsvangirai had paid a bride price of several hundred thousand dollars.

Shortly thereafter, Mr Tsvangirai said their relationship had been “irretrievably damaged” after it was “hijacked” by his opponents, including state security agents.

BBC

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15 Responses to Zimbabwe PM Tsvangirai Marries Despite Court Ban

  1. kalulete

    September 16, 2012 at 10:34 am

    WATS SO SPECIAL BT MORGAN ‘S WEDDING (the prime minister) TOO HAS BEING SAID ABT IT

  2. chakays

    September 16, 2012 at 11:07 am

    congratulation mr minister.hopefully you keep this marriage

  3. Didi

    September 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    He is better than zuma who marries what ever is in a scate

  4. collins

    September 16, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    @didi what is skate?

  5. Brig Mishe Collins

    September 16, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    African leaders

  6. King Musula Wenu

    September 16, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    @Collins, what do you mean by skate? And @Didi, is scate? I am really confused. @Janet C where are you? Please assist these two guys.
    I need to see you Janet C bcos you contribute constructively. May be you can become the Queen. @QUEEN JANET C, the wife of KING MUSULA WENU, the King of Kings. For us it will be a wonderfull wedding more like of Prince William and Kate.

  7. nshilimubemba

    September 16, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    African leaders marring African women what is wrong with this marriage, his wife died he has to marry again no one to stop him, you marry some one you love why bother him with the past

  8. hm tours

    September 16, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Bt age difference z too much

  9. Queen

    September 17, 2012 at 8:36 am

    He made mistake with Ms Tembo but now he got it right (For now at least). Whats d news about it? Let him enjoy midlife crisis. After all, isn’t it better to die on top of a Chuncky, Fat, and young girl? Have Papa!!! :)

  10. QUEEN

    September 17, 2012 at 8:38 am

    ……I meant ………..Have fun Papa :) :)

  11. snatchead

    September 17, 2012 at 9:01 am

    African men aged 40 -90 are preoccupied with sex while western world men are preoccupied with improving the economies and corruption i like the difference in priorities

  12. Phill - One

    September 17, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Upafye Morgan mwandi after all your wife is dead?

  13. victorious

    October 12, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Age is nothing but a number.She is an adult.Beautiful ones are not yet born ….why not if not.

  14. Sido

    November 21, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Conglatus morgan for finding a lover. Live a happy life

  15. Sido

    November 21, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Congulatus morgan for finding a lover. Live a happy life boy