Zimbabwe PM, ex-lover to settle
Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is working on an out-of-court settlement with an ex-lover who he dumped to marry another woman, lawyers said on Thursday.
Locardia Karimatsenga Tembo had gone to a civil court demanding $15 000 per month for her maintenance from Tsvangirai following his marriage to a new wife Elizabeth Macheka.
Tsvangirai’s monthly salary is unclear, but the average wage for a minister in Zimbabwe is about $900.
Lawyers for both sides told the magistrate court they had launched talks to try reach a settlement outside the courts and needed a little more time to conclude.
“There are certain issues to be sorted out between the parties. We expect that the process will be completed today (Thursday),” Tsvangirai’s attorney Thabani Mpofu told the magistrate’s court.
Tembo’s lawyer Everson Samukange said the talks were “almost through” without giving further details.
Magistrate Reuben Mukavhi postponed the case indefinitely to allow the lawyers to wrap up their discussions.
Tsvangirai wedded Macheka last month under the country’s customary law after Tembo and a South African woman Nosipho Shilubane, both tried in separate attempts to block the marriage.
Tembo claimed he was already married to Tsvangirai under customary law, which allows a man to have as many wives as he wants. Days later Shilubane stepped in with a claim that the premier had promised to marry her.
Tsvangirai has publicly apologised for the affairs with the two women saying he had no intention to hurt them.
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.AP