PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s planned wedding on September 15 could be jeopardised by an urgent application in the High Court today by his jilted lover Lorcadia Karimatsenga Tembo to block the ceremony.
Report by Brian Chitemba
Tsvangirai is set to tie the knot next week on Saturday with fiancée Elizabeth Macheka, the daughter of Zanu PF central committee member and former Chitungwiza executive mayor Joseph Macheka, at an exclusive venue in Harare’s plush Umwinsidale suburb.
The Zimbabwe Independent yesterday confirmed President Robert Mugabe would attend the wedding and host regional leaders after the event.
Presidential spokesperson George Charamba said Mugabe was “invited as a colleague who is also a family man and husband”.
Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka said Tembo’s urgent application could be part of a sting operation by the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) to destroy his boss’s reputation ahead of elections next year.
Tsvangirai publicly terminated his customary marriage to Tembo, 12 days after paying lobola for the 39-year-old Harare businesswoman on November 21, citing CIO and Zanu PF infiltration into his private life.
Tembo is closely related to Zanu PF Goromonzi West MP Beatrice Nyamupinga.
Tamborinyoka yesterday said Tsvangirai was already aware of the court application, likely to be filed today in the High Court.
“Two CIO operations — Operation Blackhawk and Operation Spiderweb — are financed to the tune of US$100 million to cause maximum damage to the person of Morgan Tsvangirai,” said Tamborinyoka. “Today it’s a lawsuit; tomorrow (today) they want to file an urgent application to stop the wedding, but the people’s resilient dream will not die. The embodiment of that dream will march this country to the promised land.”
Karimatsenga has already approached the civil court demanding US$15 000 monthly maintenance from Tsvangirai, claiming he is handsomely paid and could afford the amount.
The commodity broker insists she is still customarily married to Tsvangirai and critics say it is on this basis she plans to disrupt the wedding.
The maintenance case was filed while Tsvangirai was in the United States attending President Barack Obama’s Democratic Party convention.
Tsvangirai is currently paying maintenance for a 23-year-old Bulawayo-based woman Loreta Nyathi, whom he impregnated in 2010, just a year after the tragic death of his wife Susan in a car crash.
Tsvangirai had six children with Susan.
He has also been linked to several other women, including Bulawayo businesswoman Aquilina Pamberi.